According to a report from Breitbart, Chinese state media has swamped Facebook and Instagram with political ads blaming President Donald Trump for the Wuhan Virus.
Facebook claimed in a statement that this was an “error” and that the ads were not labeled as political and is subsequently correcting them.
According to a report from the Telegraph, the Chinese state media has been publishing undisclosed political ads to Facebook and Instagram as part of an effort to downplay China’s role in the Wuhan Virus pandemic and attack President Donald Trump. Three prominent Chinese state media outlets, Xinhua, China Central Television, and the Global Times, have launched targeted ads directed towards users globally in English, Chinese, and Arabic.
The ads have reportedly been viewed by millions of users and praise China’s efforts to fight the Wuhan Virus while whitewashing the country’s domestic outbreak. The articles depict President Trump as misguided and racist and even hint at the virus originating in the United States. “[China] has taken stringent and forceful measures, and turned the tide on coronavirus,” one ad stated. Another asserted: “Trump’s disruption to China has severe consequences.”
All of the ads went live without a political disclaimer, thus allowing them to cover up information about who the ads were targeting and where they were coming from. Several of the articles gave a particular focus on President Trump’s use of the term “Chinese virus” to describe the Wuhan Virus. Other ads covered statements coming from Chinese president Xi Jinping.
The Telegraph contacted Facebook about the ads. The social media network responded by saying that it was an error that the ads were not classified as political. Since this dialogue, Facebook has corrected the issue. A spokesperson also noted that a large number of the ads are being run in countries where Facebook does not mandate disclosure, thus making it hard to figure out the degree of propaganda perhaps went unnoticed on the site.
The Facebook spokesperson informed the Telegraph that it opted to label media outlets rather than banning them because it prefers increased transparency. The spokesperson called attention to how all Facebook’s services must abide by local laws and that those who break its policies can face temporary bans.
Social media will soon have to make a choice about how it deals with China.
If social media outlets truly cared about free speech, they would completely disassociate with the Chinese market.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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