How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine
Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.
Misinfotmation they spread according to The New York Times
1. involving claims that Obama administration officials illegally spied on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.
2. they have promoted the unfounded theory that the coronavirus — which the publication calls the “CCP Virus,” in an attempt to link it to the Chinese Communist Party — was created as a bioweapon in a Chinese military lab.
3. an article falsely claiming that Bill Gates and other elites are “directing” the Covid-19 pandemic and allegations about a “Jewish mob” that controls the world
Using “click farms,” firms that generate fake traffic by paying people to click on certain links over and over again.
But last year, The Epoch Times was barred from advertising on Facebook where it had spent more than $1.5 million over seven months
Since being barred from advertising on Facebook, The Epoch Times has moved much of its operation to YouTube, where it has spent more than $1.8 million on ads since May 2018, according to Google’s public database of political advertising.
for record, NTD is New Tang Dynasty TV station, call themselve international media