Facebook parent Meta recently deleted 1000s of accounts from its platform that originated from China.
The accounts posed as Americans talking about controversial topics like abortion and health care.
The intention behind these accounts appears to be focused on sowing division within American society and undermining the democratic process.
While the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections had wide reports of Russian bots posting on various social media platforms, this latest report indicates that China is increasingly using similar tactics to influence American elections.
Meta’s political ad policy requires all political ads to be labeled as such and to include information about who paid for the ad.
Additionally, Meta verifies the identity of advertisers to ensure they are located within the country where the ad is targeted.
The policy also prohibits false statements in political ads and requires them to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
Recently, Meta updated its policies to mandate that any ads that utilize AI to alter video, images, or speech must be identified.
The Chinese accounts were discovered by Meta itself and not by a US National Security whose efforts to track such foreign influence have been suspended over a lawsuit filed by two Republican Attorneys General.
Meta stated recently that the Biden administration has not shared any information on foreign attempts to interfere with elections since July.
The Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear the case this term and has suspended the lower court’s decision until it can hear the case.
The lawsuit from the Attorneys General in Louisana and Mississippi charges that the government should not be allowed to tell social media companies to remove specific information because it could influence free speech, even if the accounts are proven to originate from countries with anti-American agendas.
This leaves the social media companies to fend for themselves to weed out the content that goes against its internal policies.