The blatantly obvious “as” was first identified on Wednesday by a London human rights campaigner. This quickly sparked a storm online as Twitter users speculated whether Ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s account was hacked.
The account also came to be “liked” in at least one other position, which was important to the ruling Chinese Communist Party. It is not clear how long the apparent “choice” remained active, or when they first appeared.
“Like” on Twitter does not mean the user is endorsing the content; “Like” is often used as a bookmark.
Apart from two posts of their own from October 2019, all the “liked” tweets on the account have now been removed. The ambassador has more than 85,000 followers on his official account.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Chinese Embassy in London asked for the investigation to open on Twitter.
“Recently, some anti-China elements viciously attacked Ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s Twitter account and used disgusting methods to deceive the public. The Chinese embassy strongly condemns such abusive behavior,” the statement said.
“The embassy has reported this [Twitter] And urged the latter to conduct a thorough investigation and handle the matter seriously. The embassy has the right to take further action and hopes that the public will not believe or spread such a rumor. ”
Liu himself retweeted the statement from the Chinese embassy, stating that “a good Evil is not afraid of a hammer.”
A Twitter spokesperson told CNN Business that he currently had nothing to comment on.
‘Wolf Warrior’ Diplomacy
Twitter is one of several social media platforms in the US that are blocked in China, along with Facebook and Instagram. Despite this, Chinese diplomats are using Twitter to promote Beijing’s interests worldwide.