Central agencies monitoring over 2500 social media accounts spreading Chinese propaganda in India
The central agencies are keeping an eye on around 2,500 social media accounts that are spreading Chinese propaganda in India, according to sources in the security agencies. The sources added that most of these accounts are operating through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
These accounts have their IP addresses traced in the countries of Pakistan, Hong Kong, UK, Russia and China. This comes a day after reports of snooping on some Indian leaders by China-based companies, according to news agency PTI.
The government on September 16 took up the issue with the Chinese envoy, according to a letter by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to Congress leader KC Venugopal reported PTI. The letter stated that the matter has also been taken up with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“The matter was taken up by the Ministry of External Affairs with the Chinese Ambassador today. Our Embassy in Beijing also raised it with the Foreign Ministry of China. The Chinese side conveyed that Shenzen Zhenhua is a private company and had stated its position publicly,” the minister told Venugopal. “In their part, the Chinese Foreign ministry maintained that there was no connection between the company concerned and the Chinese government,” he also said.
Jaishankar’s remarks came after Venugopal, during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, raised the issue that some Indian leaders were being spied on by Chinese companies and asked the government what it was doing in this regard. Jaishankar in his letter said that in their statement, a representative of Shenzen Zhenhua has stated that the data collected was from open sources and is no different from its peer organisations in western countries. The minister said they have denied accessing private information from confidential sources.