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Twitter suspends China’s state-backed accounts trying manipulate public conversation about Hong Kong protests

Twitter Inc. tweeted Monday that it has found “coordinated account activity” linked to state-backed information operations from mainland China that have attempted to manipulate the public conversation regarding the protest movement in Hong Kong. Twitter said it has suspended the accounts. “These covert, manipulative behaviors have not place on our service–they violate the fundamental principles on which Twitter was built,” the social media company tweeted. “We’re adding the relevant information to our archive of information operations–the largest of its kind in the industry.” Twitter’s stock rallied 3.1% in afternoon trading. It has run up 45.5% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 16.8%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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