• Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Twitter users in China facing governmental threats

Beijing [China], January 11 : The Chinese government has a reputation for its periodic crackdown on all things internet. In the latest effort, Twitter users in China are being interrogated for posting content critical of the government.

One Twitter user in China was reportedly interrogated by the police for eight hours, while some users are facing threats and even detention for days after posting critical messages. The users are demanded to delete critical posts or their accounts.

As Cnet reports, the crackdown is said to be part of President Xi Jinping's campaign to censor content posted online in the country.

Twitter is currently banned in China, however, people use software to access the popular microblogging site. As per estimates, only about 0.4 percent of China's users are hooked to Twitter. However, given the potent nature of the platform, it often fuels political debate and discussion in the country.