50 cent Army
The Chinese 50 cent Army (五毛) is the nickname given to young Chinese internet trolls who post disinformation on various social media platforms in Chinese. English, and other languages. In 2016, The Washington Post reported that the Chinese 50 cent Army makes about 450 million social media postings per year. After the CCP global pandemic outbreak, the 50 cent Army was particularly active on Facebook and Twitter, promoting the CCP propaganda war and attacking critics of socialism, communism, and totalitarianism.
The performances have received criticism for promoting sectarian doctrines and negative views toward evolution, atheism, and homosexuality, as well as being "filled with cult messages";
In a video entitled, The show China does not want you to see, NTD reported,
Beijing is known for using the Internet to influence public opinion both inside China and in the West...Negative changes are made on Shen Yun's Wikipedia page almost on a daily basis. You think, who's actually so motivated and has the time and the energy, who's not on salary to actually go and do this on such a large scale? And so you have these articles. But as the world gets to know more about the Chinese regime's tactics, sometimes the interference can also backfire, making the audience more curious to see the show because of the politics in China.
Shen Yun bills itself as “a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization,” prior to the revolution of Cultural Marxism in the 1960s which exterminated traditional culture and opponents of socialism.
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