Twitter's new China head wants to 'work together' with state media

The new head of Twitter in China has called for "closer partnership" with Communist Party-backed state media, leading
The new head of Twitter in China has called for "closer partnership" with Communist Party-backed state media, leading many of the social network's users to question her appointment

The new head of Twitter in China has called for "closer partnership" with Communist Party-backed state media, leading many of the social network's users to question her appointment.

IT engineer Kathy Chen, who was appointed managing director for the greater China region last week, worked with the Chinese army and more recently American tech giants including Microsoft and Cisco.

Like Facebook, YouTube and other sites, Twitter is blocked in mainland China but many people and institutions—including state —access accounts via Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

Xinhua, China's official news agency, used its Twitter account to offer "congratulations" to Chen on her appointment.

"Thanks and look forward to closer partnership in the future!" she replied.

"Let's work together to tell great China story to the world!" she tweeted at state television channel CCTV.

Premier Xi Jinping reminded both CCTV and Xinhua to "strictly adhere to the orders of the Chinese Communist Party" during a visit to state media headquarters this year.

Twitter users inside China and abroad attacked Chen's public messages, with one writing in Mandarin: "What are you hoping to achieve by working with Communist Party media? Strengthen the Great Firewall?"

"It's not a place for CCP propaganda, go away," wrote another in English.

The account @kathychen2016, from which the tweets were sent, is not verified, but was the one used by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey when announcing the appointment.

A director for the company told Hong Kong media last week that it was hoping to attract more advertising from mainland China.


Explore further

Chinese Twitter users concerned over executive appointment

© 2016 AFP

Citation: Twitter's new China head wants to 'work together' with state media (2016, April 18) retrieved 24 June 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-twitter-china-state-media.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
6 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

May 09, 2016
The Great Firewall of China proved it was actually great when its creator Fang Binxing was forced to use a VPN service while addressing an audience at the Harbin Institute of Technology (Heilongjiang, China).
Source: http://www.bestvp...ina-vpn/

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more