China's Communist party opens account on Twitter

midian182

Posts: 6,286   +53
Staff member

We know that China’s ‘Great Firewall’ prevents its citizens from accessing some of the world’s biggest websites, including Google.com, YouTube, and Facebook, so it’s quite surprising to learn that the youth wing of the country’s ruling Communist party has set up an account on Twitter, which is also inaccessible.

As reported by the BBC, @ccylchina published its first tweet late last week — a picture of what looks like a parade of communist rabbits with the line “I’m here!” printed beneath it, which, for a post containing cartoon bunnies, gives it some slightly sinister overtones.

The account has published several more tweets since then, all of which aim to “deliver information about the league and on issues of interest to young people.”

The youth wing of the Communist party’s decision to use a blocked social media platform has, naturally, led to accusations of hypocrisy, especially as Chinese citizens must use VPNs (also banned) to access Twitter.

"Please tell me what kind of miraculous VPN you've used to circumvent the firewall... how brazen you are, you should know that those who do so can be caught!" wrote Twitter user Maoyaodong.

“If you believe Twitter is a good thing, please tell me why [the Chinese government] doesn’t allow its people to use [it]?” another asked.

A branch of the Chinese government seemingly embracing Twitter could be a direct response to the opening of another, similar account last week, called @ComYouthLeague. It also tweets patriotic stories and news links, but @ccylchina claims the account is a fake.

Another explanation for @ccylchina's appearance could be that the Chinse government wants to expand its influence beyond the country’s borders. “Beijing is no longer satisfied with just exporting Chinese culture. Now it wants to be able to influence public opinion overseas,” said Shanghai-based political commentator Chen Daoyin.

Back in July, China said it would start auditing online content to make sure it meets “core socialist values.” Later in the same month, it ordered the country’s biggest carriers to block personal VPNs by February 2018.

Permalink to story.

 
China has over 488 million fake comments posted per year. So they make sure their "50 cent/wumao army has access to all of our sites, mainly in an effort to place doubt in the minds of those many mainlanders who have VPNs.
The main fear the Party has of the internet is if the whole population learned of their state-sanctioned live forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience nastiness that was started by Jiang Zemin over 18 years ago, a year after he formed the 610 Office to carry out the persecution, or as he hoped to crush practitioners of Falun Gong. Xi has done nothing to stop it, and the organs and corneas are also harvested from Tibetans, House Christians and Uyghur Muslims, since they and practitioners of Falun Gong have healthy lifestyles--not chain smoking fools like most mainland Chinese.
 

Reachable

Posts: 370   +183
Communist? Socialist? Yeah, right. China is the most capitalist country in the whole world. It was never anything close to socialist, not to mention communist. It's a state with an autocratic government.