Speaking on BBC World Service Newsday about homelessness and poverty in Hong Kong.
The Chinese state news agency Xinhua may have purchased followers on Twitter, according the co-founder of TwitterAudit, a tool designed to detect fake users on the popular social media platform.
An audit conducted last May on the “@XHNews” English Twitter feed suggested that only 11 per cent of the news agency’s followers were real. The TwitterAudit.com tool sampled 5,000 of Xinhua’s 1.56 million Twitter followers, basing the score on how active and established the agency’s followers were.
It is possible that Xinhua purchased followers at some point in an attempt to appear more legitimate. In response to emailed questions, David Caplan, co-founder of TwitterAudit, wrote that “it is easy to purchase followers, just search Google. Lots of sites sell them.”
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Village houses and flats overlook a ramshackle slum in Lam Tei, a suburb in Hong Kong’s New Territories. As of December 2014, the ex-British colony is home to 9,618 asylum claimants.
Reflecting on the February 1st, 2015 pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong. Live on RTHK Radio 3’s ‘Backchat’ programme.
Tom Grundy live on RTHK Radio’s Morning Brew in Hong Kong. Informal chat about the final Occupy camp clearance.
Tom Grundy on Arise TV. Discussing the clearance of the final pro-democracy ‘Umbrella Movement’ protest site in Hong Kong.
Tom Grundy on Arise TV. Discussing the clearance of the pro-democracy ‘Umbrella Movement’ protest site in Hong Kong.
Tom Grundy on BBC Outside Source. Discussing the clearance of the pro-democracy ‘Umbrella Movement’ protest site in Hong Kong.
Tom Grundy speaks to New Zealand Radio about the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, as the main occupy camp is cleared by bailiffs and police.
Tom Grundy on Sky News discussing the clearance of the main Umbrella Movement protest camp in Hong Kong.