Twitter Suspends Two Beijing Diplomatic Consular Accounts

Twitter temporarily suspended the official Twitter accounts of the Chinese Consulate in Sydney and the Cultural Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan.

The consulate’s Twitter account was suspended on Monday with no specific reason, according to the consulate. They said they immediately contacted the platform for clarification and restoration. The account was reactivated the next morning.

Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, commented on the Sydney Consulate’s account suspension, saying, “My account has the same experience. It was suspended yesterday morning. I applied for the lifting of the suspension and it was reactivated that night.”

Twitter allegedly did not provide an explanation for suspending Zhang’s account, either. There is speculation that Twitter banned both accounts for tweeting about or retweeting content that alleges the U.S. has been interfering with China’s domestic affairs, as well as sharing tweets accusing the U.S. of human rights violations.

Twitter has yet to comment on the situation.

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