The two major social media companies in the world, Twitter and Facebook, have both issued statements Wednesday denying President Trump’s claim that China is meddling in the upcoming mid-term elections. They say they found no evidence to support the claim, and no sign of any coordinated action out of China at all.
They are just the latest in a string of US companies saying they see no evidence of Chinese involvement in the mid-term vote. They are, however, the most impactful given their enormous size and reach.
The Trump Administration has been keen to present China, against whom there is an ongoing trade war, as meddling “more than Russia.” This was a key strategy because they are still fighting allegations Russia meddled in the 2016 vote.
Mounting trade war tensions have meant a lot of allegations going China’s way, and a lot of them aren’t grounded in any sort of evidence. With the election just weeks away, it seems the China mid-term connection can be safely put to bed.