China, which regulates Twitter within the country, criticizes Twitter’s regulation rules
article by Hiroaki Takahasi FNN Beijing Branch Chief Reporter
Chinese Embassy in the US freezes its account
In China, access to Twitter is restricted and the general public cannot use it. However, government organizations, spokespersons, and state-run media are using Twitter to send out propaganda overseas.
In this situation, Twitter froze the account of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., claiming that its posts about the Xinjiang province violated the regulations. The tweets in question justified the Chinese government’s Uyghur policy, such as “Uyghur women’s hearts have been liberated and they are no longer baby-making machines.
Twitter judged the tweet as a violation of its terms of service, which prohibits posts that deny humanity, and took measures not to display the tweet and asked the embassy to delete the tweet. However, the embassy has not responded to the request, and the account is still frozen.
The Chinese government has responded, “We hope they will not adopt double standards.”
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded to this by saying, “I don’t understand it,” and then said, “We hope Twitter will adhere to the principles of objectivity and fairness and not adopt double standards on this issue.
she added, “There are numerous conspiracy theories and false information on social networking sites in the US, and the US has been seriously adversely affected. China is also a major victim, and a lot of ugly false information is being directed at it about Xinjiang-related issues. The Chinese embassy in the U.S. has the responsibility and duty to clarify the facts,” he said, asserting the legitimacy of the embassy’s post.
China, which has been restricting the use of Twitter domestically, has ordered Twitter to restrict its use.
“China is the victim,” he said, criticizing Twitter’s restrictions.
China claims “Internet sovereignty”.
On the other hand, the Chinese government has not officially explained which sites are subject to restrictions and the individual reasons. It is often the case that a foreign website that was being viewed without problems is suddenly blocked one day. President Xi Jinping himself has advocated “net sovereignty,” meaning that the sovereignty of the state extends to the Internet space, justifying the state’s regulation of the Internet.
Net sovereignty” was proposed at the World Internet Convention held in China.
In June 2020, Twitter deleted more than 170,000 accounts suspected of Chinese government involvement, and the Chinese government reacted strongly at that time as well. However, there is criticism that the company’s blatant control of speech at home while demanding the right to speak abroad constitutes a “double standard.