China: Communist Party seeks to control media narrative
The Chinese Communist Party has worked to control the narrative and deflect blame during the coronavirus crisis by drawing on its state and CCP-owned media to disseminate content via its English-language Facebook pages and Twitter feed (even though these platforms are banned in China). China has emphasised rapid recovery and successful treatments, as well as positive stories about efforts such as building makeshift hospitals at speed. Later stories also seek to position China as a world leader in virus response. Some US media have adopted similar tactics.
Writer: Vanessa Molter
Publication: Stanford Cyber Policy Center