China cried foul on Tuesday (August 20) saying it had a right to put out its own views, after Twitter and Facebook said they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, declined direct comment on the Twitter and Facebook moves, but defended the right of Chinese people and media to make their voices heard over the Hong Kong protests.
Overseas Chinese and students “of course have the right to express their point of view,” he told a daily news briefing.
“What is happening in Hong Kong, and what the truth is, people will naturally have their own judgement. Why is it that China’s official media’s presentation is surely negative or wrong?”
Twitter said on Monday (August 19) it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China.
Facebook Inc said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from Twitter. It said that its investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government.
Twitter and Facebook have also come under fire from users over showing ads from state-controlled media that criticised the Hong Kong protesters.
In response, Twitter said it would no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media. (Reuters)
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