Twitter restricted Professor Anne-Marie Brady’s account after her tweet criticising Xi Jinping and the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“After my account was suspended, many international China experts who are also on Twitter noticed and made a fuss, so about 18 hours later, Twitter unsuspended my account and made two tweets available again. They did not notify me or give any explanation,” the Canterbury University professor said.
“There has been some unusual activity from this account,” read Twitter’s warning to the China expert.
Activists and academics are worried Communist China pressured Twitter into the restriction of Ms Brady’s account. Twitter denies this allegation.
“To set the record straight, the assertion that Twitter is in coordination with any government to suppress speech has no basis in fact whatsoever. We advocate for a free, global and open internet and remain a staunch defender of freedom of expression,” a Twitter spokesperson told Newshub.
“We can confirm that Twitter did not take any action against any of the tweets made by the referenced account. When we detect unusual activity from an account, we may, in some cases, add notices temporarily until we have confirmation from the account owner. In this case, the account in question has already been recovered.”
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