Chinese businessman Guo Wengui is at the center ofa vast network of interrelated media entities which have disseminated online disinformation and promoted real-world harassment campaigns.
Graphika has identified thousands of mostly-authentic social media accounts associated with this network which are active across platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Gab, Telegram, Parler, and Discord.
In the last year, this network has promoted harassment campaigns against anti-CCP Chinese dissidents, activists, and other perceived enemies in six countries. These campaigns have been linked to multiple violent incidents.
Foreign-born participants in Guo’s online and offline operations have been promised political asylum in the United States in exchange for participation.
Graphika has noted multiple instances of what appear to be coordinated authentic behavior, with real supporters posting with the singular purpose of amplifying Guo-related content.
The network acts as a prolific producer and amplifier of mis- and disinformation, including claims of voter fraud in the U.S., false information about Covid-19, and QAnon narratives.
Accounts in the network have used centrally-coordinated tactics to evade enforcement actions by social media platforms.