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China condemns the suspension of more than 170,000 propaganda accounts on Twitter

June 12, 2020

The Chinese government on Friday condemned the removal of more than 170,000 accounts on the Twitter social network for propaganda in favor of the Beijing authorities that urge the company, co-founded by Jack Dorsey, to do the same with Chinese critics. .

The suspension occurred last Thursday, affecting 23,750 main accounts and more than 150,000 sub-accounts, which were viewed as “amplifiers” of news that Twitter believes distorted the reality of several issues, such as the Hong Kong protests against Beijing’s influence. , the US anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter or the coronavirus crisis that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Twitter has described these accounts as “diffusers of geopolitical narratives” that are beneficial to the Chinese Communist Party through “misleading” reports, although it has been made clear that these account networks have not been well received and are characterized by their complete absence of participation . according to a company statement.

China condemns the suspension of more than 170,000 propaganda accounts on TwitterChina condemns the suspension of more than 170,000 propaganda accounts on Twitter

China has been upset by the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hua Chunying, for the suspension. “In reality, Twitter should close accounts that attack China,” said the spokeswoman, who has described her country as “the main victim of abuse and criticism” online “in the world.”

Beijing has completely restricted the use of Twitter for more than a decade thanks to its exceptional digital information control system, although some users manage to circumvent these restrictions or, if not, to duplicate messages in Chinese counterparts like Weibo publish.