Anne-Marie Brady, professor at the University of Canterbury, wrote two tweets mocking China and Xi celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party.
She published a Sydney Morning Herald article titled “Xi’s 100th Anniversary Hollow Celebration for the Chinese Communist Party” adding “an alternate title: Xi: It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want”, referring to the Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit song.
In another, she posted on Saturday a photo of a stern-looking Xi flanked by two Chinese officials, writing, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
On Sunday, Brady said, Twitter temporarily suspended her account, to which she commented, “It seems like you should never laugh at the dear boss. “
Twitter did not explain Brady’s suspension, other than posting a “This account is temporarily restricted” notice on the tweets.
The Twitter action caught the attention of Edward Lucas, a columnist for the London Sunday Times newspaper, who defended Brady, an expert on China’s attempts to exert influence in the world.
“Twitter didn’t explain what motivated this,” Lucas noted in the column. “Brady only received an automated warning that she may have ‘violated’ the rules of the social media platform. But the decision is likely the result of a concerted campaign by Chinese Communist Party online agents.
“Enough complaints usually trigger an automated block. After stirring up fury on Twitter and sending numerous complaints, his account was restored. The less important victims of Chinese censorship would have less chance of reparation, ”he added.
Brady thanked Lucas to intervene and linked to Lucas’ column.
“Some of the biggest names in social media, from @Twitter to @LinkedIn @Zoom & @Facebook, seem to have made a habit of silencing CCP critics. Yesterday, it was my turn to be censored. Thank you for your support in its cancellation, ”she wrote.
She also shot Twitter.
“Looks like @Twitter may have briefly forgotten that they don’t work for Xi Jinping,” Brady wrote.
In a statement, Twitter said it adds temporary notifications when it “detects unusual activity on an account,” until it obtains confirmation from the account owner.
The social media giant also denied having suspended the account due to pressure from the Chinese government.
“To set the record straight, the claim that Twitter is coordinating with any government to suppress speech actually has no basis,” Twitter said. “We advocate for a free, global and open Internet and remain a strong advocate for freedom of expression. “
With post wires