Chinese netizens are now aware that the Xinhua state news agency has been posting on Twitter since March despite China’s GFW and its attempts to block the popular western micro-blogging service. The presence of the official press agency of the Communist Party on Twitter has sparked discussions among Chinese web users. Xinhua’s official account now has more than 5,500 followers with 3,000 tweets. Now most of the China’s netizens are questioning why the state news agency is allowed to use Twitter service, but not the people. Other question raise up why Xinhua has kept a low profile about its Twitter presence. Internet users in mainland China usually access Twitter and other blocked websites via a VPN …
In Xinhua’s twitter profile, the news agency introduces itself in the following words: “A multimedia group, Xinhua delivers the most authoritative China news as well as fast and objective global news.”Another curious fact many people have noticed is Xinhua is following zero people on Twitter. Xinhua initially followed more than 400 people on Twitter, but has gradually “unfollowed” all of them since October, the reason remains unclear. Among its 3,000 posts, Xinhua has retweeted 10 posts, from The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, The New York Times, etc.
The Xinhua News Agency is the biggest center for collecting information and press conferences in China. Xinhua is subordinate to the State Council and reports to the Communist government. Xinhua is also responsible for censoring reports from foreign media destined to release in China. Xinhua is obviously breaching China’s internet laws, can anyone report this to the net-police ?
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