Recently, a Twitter account with nearly 50,000 fans posted a conspiracy theory claiming that tens of thousands of Chinese troops have assembled on the border between Maine and Canada. An F-16 crashed in Michigan last week. The fighter was probably shot down by the Chinese.
On December 15th, local time, the US media “Army Times” website refuted the rumor: No, there is no Chinese army at the border of Maine, and this kind of conspiracy theory is not funny at all.
Twitter netizen @stormis_us posted: “The F-16 fighter plane in Michigan was shot down, and I now believe that 50,000 Chinese soldiers were killed by lethal bombs. It was on the border of Myanmar and Canada.” His statement came from a picture of “a train in Maine transporting howitzers” circulated in October this year.
According to the analysis of the report, the information looks funny on the surface, but it says “truth and facts” and adds a lot of tags, such as a warrior fighting for God and Christ, #后军军人,#conspiracy theory slogan, #使美国再Great, # Trump2020, #Conservatives”. The account has nearly 50,000 fans, and there are many netizens who believe this post. Some people use this “three no photos” as the US military’s response to the Chinese invasion Canadian “evidence”.
The report pointed out two errors in this statement: First, there is no Chinese military in Canada. Secondly, this F-16 fighter jet belonging to the Wisconsin Air National Guard crashed during a routine training mission on December 8, rather than being shot down.
Although this crazy delusion has been dismissed by the local media agency of CBS Television in the United States, some people on Twitter suggested to contact the residents of Jackman, Maine to see what they know. The answer is of course nothing.
Jackman Town official Victoria D. Forkus said: “There has been no military conflict in or around Jackman Town recently.” Major Carl Lamb, a spokesperson for the Maine National Guard, also refuted the conspiracy. In response to a question about whether there were Chinese troops stationed on the US-Canada border, he said: “The Maine National Guard does not I don’t know if there is such a troop movement.”
Lamb said: “The Maine Military Administration has been repairing these howitzers, but these operations ended two years ago. Recently, the federal government decided to transfer the howitzers out of Maine. The parties signed a contract to transport these equipment. To Presque Isle, transport by rail to the final destination…”
According to the report, some information experts said that although the discussion about the so-called “Chinese troops stationed in Canada” is full of illusions, it is this kind of false information that poses the real threat.
Dave Lapan, a retired Marine Corps colonel who served in several public affairs departments such as the U.S. Department of Defense and Homeland Security, said: “This is what we usually deal with from our opponents. Who knows? What? Some of them may have been made by our opponents.”
Lapan, the current vice president of communications at the US Bipartisan Policy Center, said: “Even if this information is not made by them (the so-called US opponents), it will at least be amplified… All our opponents are involved in information warfare against us. “
Lapan also said: “In this current environment, everyone lacks trust and distrust… In recent public riots across the United States, the so-called militiamen and law enforcement personnel dressed up as the military have exacerbated this lack of trust. Trust. The public has such a feeling that the US military is doing something that it has not actually done.”