A report by network analysis firm Graphika revealed that an online network linked to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has become a powerful platform for disinformation in the United States.
The report, provided in advance to the Washington Post, details a network that Graphika says amplifies the views of Guo, a Chinese real estate developer whose association with former Trump White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon , became the object of media coverage last year after Bannon. was arrested aboard Guo’s yacht for federal fraud.
Graphika said the network includes media websites such as GTV, for which Guo publicly said last year that he was fundraising, as well as thousands of social media accounts which Graphika said amplify content. in a coordinated manner.
The network also includes more than a dozen local action groups on which Guo has publicly claimed a monitoring role, Graphika found.
Graphika’s research sheds more light on Guo, a billionaire former real estate developer who, in addition to his relationship with Bannon, has drawn attention to the bewildering mix of disinformation and abuse he has broadcast since joining the United States, including contradictory attacks on both the Chinese Communist Party and anti-CCP dissidents in the West, the Washington Post reported.
Lisa Kaplan, founder and CEO of Alethea Group, said the network’s grasp of US politics and its ability to use languages other than English suggests it could remain a powerful asset.
“These groups don’t just sit dormant after an election, they shift focus and transform topics to maintain their relevance so they can be activated to achieve the goals of those who control them,” she said. the newspaper.