China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency has recently been teased on China’s largest microblogging platform for its Twitter account being discovered by users.
Xinhua’s official Twitter account was discovered by Sina Weibo users on Dec. 5 and soon attracted a lot of attentions.
With 3,000 posts and over 6,000 followers, the account @XHNews describes it “a multimedia group,” and “delivers the most authoritative China news as well as fast and objective global news.”
It has been established on Feb. 9 this year and started posting reports from Xinhua English news website since March.
Many Weibo users teased it by asking “why don’t allow us to open the website of Twitter” or “I am wondering how Xinhua ‘climbs over’ the ‘Great Fire Wall’.”
China has long blocked websites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube through the “Great Fire Wall,” for the fear of free information circulated online which the government thinks would threaten social stability.
@XHNews has been not interactive with others, as it only retweets ten posts by other accounts including Media tycoon Keith Rupert Murdoch, the Associated Press and the New York Times.
@XHNews has once followed over 400 accounts, however, Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reported, it has gradually unfollowed them since October. Now it has follow no accounts.
Actually during the party congress last month, Xinhua’s English news site promoted @XHNews with an article “Xinhua tweets changes in China.”
The article argues that “China’s attitudes and moves attract global eyes.”
“@XHNews reminded @BarackObama and @MittRomney of the fact that both presidential candidates distorted for earning favor from voters in the October 22 debate,” it says.