Disinformation Spreads in China About Texas Civil War | iRADIO

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The Chinese social network Weibo has been spreading disinformation in various forms in recent days, according to which the US state of Texas is about to enter a civil war with the federal authorities due to disputes with the White House regarding migration, the BBC writes. A China reporter for Voice of America on the X Network said that the most popular US-related news on Weibo in recent days.



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8:31 am February 3, 2024

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Disinformation about the Texas Civil War has become the most popular US news in China in recent days (illustrative photo) | Source: Shutterstock

The posts are accompanied, for example, by old footage from the US Fox News channel, showing members of armed groups dressed in camouflage preparing to “defend the border”, or videos with tanks, which were originally shot in Chile, not in Texas, in the south of the USA.

According to the BBC, Weibo has somewhat restricted this type of content, specifically posts with the hashtag TexasDeclaresAStateOfWar now display a warning that “according to relevant laws, regulations and rules, content on this topic cannot be displayed”. However, a number of posts remain on the platform, which has around 600 million monthly users.

Although the authorities in China largely block foreign media, some of their content is often selected and disseminated to point to the depravity of American society, the BBC reports.

Although the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, is most likely not going to start a civil war, the information about his significant disagreements on migration with the Democratic administration of President Joe Biden has a real basis.


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Since the beginning of 2021, over 6.3 million migrants have entered the US illegally, mostly from South American countries, but also from Senegal or Bangladesh. These are record numbers that have made migration one of the dominant topics of American domestic politics.

According to Republicans, the development calls for drastic legislative changes, including significant restrictions on the possibility of applying for asylum after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.

However, the two main political parties have not found common ground in these matters in recent years. Although even Democrats admit that the immigration system is “broken,” they place greater emphasis on migrant rights and preserving immigration pathways to the US.

Further American aid to Ukraine now depends, among other things, on whether Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives find common ground regarding migration, as Republicans condition the green light for aid to Kyiv on the adoption of migration measures.

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