Sep 18, 2017

China Communist Party Youth Twitter account prompts abuse

Setting up a Twitter account may seem a fairly obvious thing for a political party to do, but the step has not so far worked out too well for China's Communist Party. The Twitter bio says the account provides "Information on the work and activities of the Communist Party Youth League and hot topics among youths". The posts have been met with a deluge of abusive tweets and questions about how the account has managed to circumvent the "Great Firewall" surrounding China's internet and accusing the youth wing of hypocrisy. That's perhaps unsurprising given the limited Twitter audience in China, where organisations are far more likely to rely on the likes of Weibo to interact with the public. Though many Chinese state media outlets have a presence on Twitter, few government and Communist Party bodies maintain accounts.

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