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Michael P Senger
1/5 This article by is a smoking gun on the genesis of the coronavirus lockdowns. According to the article, the CCP launched a massive social media campaign in ITALY to advertise its coronavirus lockdown measures in early March.
Swarms of accounts are amplifying Beijing’s brash new messaging as the country tries to shape the global narrative about the coronavirus and much else.
The New York Times The New York Times @nytimes
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Michael P Senger Jun 10
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
2/5 The fact that CCP’s disinformation campaign focused on Italy is crucial. Italy was the first country outside China to lock down. The rest of the world followed Italy’s lead.
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Michael P Senger Jun 10
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
3/5 But CCP's campaign wasn't limited to Italy. The article states that this Tweet advertising China's lockdown policy to the world is fake. It has 142,000 likes. Tweets like this prove CCP was actively selling the world on Wuhan-style lockdowns in early March.
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Michael P Senger Jun 10
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
4/5 Next, if you search for the URL of that fake Tweet (https: //twitter.com/manisha_kataki/status/1238007207700180992), you'll find it retweeted by many accts around the world. Each acct is suspicious—they Tweet incessantly about COVID until Floyd's death, then solely BLM.
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Michael P Senger Jun 10
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
5/5 The sheer scale of this operation and the number of accounts involved, and its influence around the world, is really remarkable. Thousands of accounts tweeting incessantly about COVID hysteria, then pivoting to incessant BLM and anti-police propaganda, in every country.
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Michael P Senger Jun 12
Replying to @paulmozur @Twitter
6/5 The day after 's NYT article was published, suspended over 170,000 fake Chinese accounts. But none of the fake accounts involved in the ring described above were suspended. This problem is much larger than Twitter acknowledges.
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Michael P Senger Jun 15
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
7/5 More than 50 NIH scientists fired due to China ties. Hundreds more under investigation. By co-opting scientists and academics while aggressively promoting lockdowns through social media propaganda, China made lockdown pseudoscience seem sound.
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Michael P Senger Jun 16
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
8/5 Though CCP's influence operations in media, politics, and academia were surreptitious, its stance in support of global adoption of COVID lockdowns was explicit. Here is China's foreign spokesperson promoting strict social distancing among children:
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Michael P Senger Jul 7
Replying to @HudsonInstitute @FBI
9/5 In speech this morning at , director Chris Wray says CCP specifically approached local politicians to endorse its COVID lockdowns.
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Michael P Senger Jul 7
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
10/5 "in fact, we have heard from federal, state, and even local officials that Chinese diplomats are aggressively urging support for China’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Yes, this is happening at both the federal and state levels."
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Michael P Senger Jul 14
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
11/5 This collage is a tiny sample of the fake accounts CCP used to popularize COVID lockdowns. In these Tweets, CCP sends its regards to the world by denigrating every other government in the world, using many dialects, and contrasting them with its authoritarian "success."
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Michael P Senger Jul 14
Replying to @paulmozur
12/5 These Tweets were easily identified using leads in 's NYT article. Here, hundreds of fake accounts whine about "washing their hands" while China locks down. Nearly identical Tweets are made in many languages. fake Spanish Tweets—
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Michael P Senger Jul 14
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
13/5 Twitter responded the following day by saying they'd removed the 170,000 accounts in this campaign. But Twitter lied. These fake CCP accounts, and presumably hundreds of thousands of others, are still doing CCP's bidding. fake French Tweets—
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Michael P Senger Jul 20
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
14/5 In cooperation with FBI, National Science Foundation reports between 14-18 cases of undisclosed China financial ties. This is in addition to the 175 cases of undisclosed China financial ties earlier reported by the NIH, a much larger organization.
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Michael P Senger Jul 23
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
15/5 “Sweden—partly due to its own COVID-19 response—has been a prime target of a Chinese campaign portraying Western democracies as weak against the threat. Sweden is one of few countries that ordered no lockdown and put its faith in herd immunity.”
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Michael P Senger Aug 3
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
16/5 The fall that shut down the world. This video of a Wuhan man “falling dead” from COVID went viral in January. Farcical, in hindsight.
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Michael P Senger Aug 5
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
17/ In CCP interview, Editor-in-Chief of Lancet praises CCP’s lockdowns: "not only the right thing to do, but it also showed other countries how they should respond in the face of such an acute threat. So, I think we have a great deal to thank China for"
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Michael P Senger Aug 6
Replying to @WHO
18/ was instrumental in pushing world leaders to adopt China's lockdowns and insisting lockdowns not be lifted until strict tracing criteria were met. Bruce Aylward is the same WHO leader who disconnected a live interview when asked about Taiwan.
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Michael P Senger Aug 10
Replying to @govkristinoem
19/ South Dakota Governor famously refused to issue a state lockdown. Her decision didn't sit well with Beijing. CCP's army of fake accounts began filling her Twitter feed with abuse to punish her disobedience and pressure her to shut down her state.
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Michael P Senger Aug 10
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
20/ By contrast, the accounts heap praise on governors who tighten lockdowns, like Dan Andrews, gov of Victoria, AUS. Andrews' long-time staffer attended a high-level CCP academy. An MP leading Andrews' Belt & Road negotiations with Beijing lauded China's handling of COVID.
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Michael P Senger Aug 16
Replying to @BorisJohnson
21/ initially opted for herd immunity. But on Mar 13, four days after Italy's lockdown, CCP began storming his feed, likening his plan to genocide. These words almost never appear in his feed before Mar 12. Tragically, the abuse worked, and UK locked down Mar 23.
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Michael P Senger Aug 17
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
22/ The bold-faced lie of lockdowns is "China controlled the virus." It's an obvious lie—China's data is manifestly forged. But CCP normalizes this Orwellian lie by demanding every elite publication and journal repeat it, transforming the snake oil of lockdowns into "science."
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Michael P Senger Aug 18
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
23/ Physicist Yaneer Bar-Yam has spent months uncritically cheerleading China's lockdowns—including CCP's genocidal lockdown in Xinjiang—and promoting China's obviously-fraudulent data. In February, Bar-Yam launched a website recommending strict lockdowns in 18 languages.
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Michael P Senger Aug 20
Replying to @CyrilRamaphosa
24/ Hard to think of any place more ill-suited to a total lockdown than Africa, but that's exactly what CCP's fake accounts demanded of South African President on March 22. The next day, they got what they wanted, and Ramaphosa announced a total lockdown.
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Michael P Senger Aug 23
Replying to @PMOIndia
25/ India is a key rival of China, so CCP disinformation there is especially nasty. On March 23, CCP's army of fake accounts implored PM to lock down India and order the army to "shoot on sight" to enforce it. The next day, Modi announced a destructive lockdown.
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Michael P Senger Aug 29
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
26/ On Dec 30, Li Wenliang warned friends of a new SARS-like illness in a message that went viral, causing widespread anger at CCP in China. On Jan 7, Xi informed his innermost circle that the situation in Wuhan would require their personal supervision.
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Michael P Senger Aug 29
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
27/ Two weeks later, the CCP locked down Wuhan based on Xi's philosophy of 'fangkong,' the same hybrid of health and security policy that inspired the mass 'quarantine' of over one million Uyghurs 'infected with extremism' in reeducation camps.
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Michael P Senger Aug 29
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
28/ International COVID hysteria began two days later with a viral tweet by Eric Ding calling the coronavirus R0 'thermonuclear,' the first of many dubious tweets by the previously-unknown Ding, prompting a prominent colleague to call him a 'charlatan.'
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Michael P Senger Aug 29
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
29/ The Politburo co-opted Li Wenliang’s fame for their own ends, declaring him a national martyr and ensuring the haunting image of Li on a ventilator—which are now known to be counterproductive—was carried by every major news outlet and seared into the world's memory.
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Michael P Senger Aug 31
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
30/ It seems CCP didn't need to buy Bill Gates. In Gates' words: "China, on the other hand, 'did a very good job of suppressing the virus,' thanks, in part, to the 'typical, fairly authoritarian' approach and the 'individual rights that were violated.'"
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Michael P Senger Sep 25
Replying to @MichaelPSenger
31/ The Wuhan Lab and CCP's fake "whistleblowers" hyping a "man-made super-virus" have been key psychological decoys, distracting hawkish intelligence officials and filling them with the same irrational fear that popularizes CCP's indefinite lockdowns.
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