A right-wing disinformation network on social media has been traced back to a wealthy Chinese businessman with ties to right-wing strategist Steve Bannon, according to a study by Graphika, an analysis company.
The businessman is former billionaire Guo Wengui, currently living in exile in New York City. Remember that yacht Bannon was arrested on? It belonged to Guo.
The network generates falsehoods through memes, videos, etc., which are amplified across the web by its members, including conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and covid. A spokesperson for Guo denied he controlled content on the network.
Graphika’s study reveals how those with vast resources can manipulate the online world to create offline consequences. Volunteers and paid workers, called “ants,” are instructed and coordinated about what to post, where to post it, and even when.
The network has successfully managed to overwhelm conversations on certain right-wing topics of interest. Multiple activists which the network has targeted have been harassed and even assaulted in their homes, so of course Guo and Bannon would deny any involvement. There are a lot of crazies, which is why I never show my location on social media. Be careful out there!