NZ Academic Twitter account restricted after post criticized Beijing


New Zealand-based Chinese expert Anne-Marie Brady posted a link to an editorial criticizing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 100th Anniversary Ceremony, after which her Twitter account was temporarily released on July 4. Claims to be limited to.

After the professor first posted on Twitter, Her editorial, She was informed by a social media giant that her post was “unavailable”.

Her account was later Temporarily restricted.. A day later, her account was available again.

“This is two tweets that have been’unavailable’and your account has been suspended. It seems that dear leaders should never be teased, “she wrote.

Twitter has denied Marie-Brady’s censorship.

“The claim that Twitter is coordinating with the government to curb speech to correct the record is actually groundless. We advocate and express a free, global and open internet. We will continue to be a solid defender of freedom, “said a spokesman. Told Newshub..

“You can see that Twitter hasn’t taken any action against tweets from the referenced account. If you detect anomalous activity in your account, it’s temporary until you get confirmation from the account owner. We may add notifications. In this case, the account in question has already been recovered. “

One Twitter user suggested that Marie-Brady may be the target of an online campaign. In this campaign, multiple users complained about her post and triggered the review process.

“So you supported Pinky, CCP, and were probably” attacked “by organized people and tried to silence you, not directly from CCP or by Twitter. ” Written by the user..

Professor Anne-Marie Brady
Professor Anne-Marie Brady, an internationally recognized expert on Chinese affairs, recently presented a treatise entitled “Magic Weapons” at a conference in the United States. (University of Canterbury)

Brady faced threats to her efforts to expose the Chinese Communist Party in the past.

Last week, a professor at the University of Canterbury revealed that an unidentified individual appeared in her classroom to “observe” her teachings. In one case, she had to force a person to leave.

Meanwhile, Twitter is facing criticism of content moderation and is in ongoing debate with the governments of Nigeria and India.

In June, the Nigerian government suspended Twitter indefinitely after a social media giant deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari.

In May, Twitter flagged posts by the leader as “manipulated media,” including content from Bharatiya Janata party spokespersons.

The Government of India has responded by tightening regulations on social media giants.



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