Trade war, China blocks Twitter users

08/01/2019

 

Authorities ordered to remove tweets about China-US relations

 

The Chinese authorities, in recent days, have begun to repress the most active Twitter users in the country, ordering them to remove the tweets related to China-US relations.

Therefore, some users, who did not comply with the order, found their accounts violated and the tweets in question eliminated. According to the Washington Post estimate, more than 40 people have been ordered to remove content from their accounts.

 

Many social networks are blocked across China

 

To remember that access to Twitter for users in China requires software to bypass state-imposed firewalls. While most foreign social media platforms are blocked, authorities rarely take direct action against citizens for their use.

Twitter, which has just 10 million users in China, is certainly at a disadvantage compared to the hundreds of millions of people on the Weibo microblogging platform.

At the national level, regulators have suppressed short-video platforms, content aggregators and social media services, believing them to be responsible for the content that users create on their platforms.

 

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