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Chinese netizens are furious that Xinhua has a Twitter account #China [Shanghaiist]


The 170,000 follower Shanghaiist on the South China Morning Post’s reveal of ‘internet hypocrisy’ by top down state media.

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Chinese netizens are furious that Xinhua has a Twitter account
Source – Shanghaiist, published December 11, 2012

Great Firewall inequity? As it seems, Xinhua has a Twitter account up and running, with about 6,000 followers to date.

Great Firewall inequity? As it seems, Xinhua has a Twitter account up and running, with about 6,400 followers to date.

So apparently no-one told Chinese netizens that the country’s major media outlets were all leapfrogging the Great Firewall to use Twitter and Facebook, but now the cats out of the bag and people are pissed.

The South China Morning Post collected a number of angry reactions to the hypocrisy of a government run media company bypassing government restrictions on the media:

“I am going to report this to the police: Xinhua is obviously breaching our internet laws,” said a netizen on Sina Weibo, China’s micro-blogging service.“Xinhua has proved itself a traitor who has chosen an evil path,” said another Weibo user in an ironic tone, referring to a speech given by President Hu Jintao.

Other people question why Xinhua has kept a low profile about its Twitter presence.

“Why does Xinhua have to act like it’s a big secret?” said a Weibo user.

Xinhua initially followed more than 400 people on Twitter, but has gradually “unfollowed” all of them since October, said the Yunnan Info Daily. The reason remains unclear.

While we’re on the subject of state media using banned social networks, here are a couple more offenders (there are definitely more):

Global Times: Twitter | Facebook
China Daily: Twitter | Facebook

Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the Global Times who once said that “loving the country is not opposing the government”, also has a Twitter account.

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