The youth department of ruling Communist Party of China this week claimed that it had protested to Twitter, the social network, regarding a fake account started in its name that has posted mocking comments regarding the Communist Party.
China jams Western sites such as Google and Facebook including Twitter, but that has not blocked some government departments and state media from opening up Facebook and Twitter accounts in English and Chinese as they look forward to extend their footprint all over the world. The fake account showed a screenshot of the account with the expression “fake goods” imprinted all over it in Chinese. A 2nd image displayed the official social media accounts of Youth League, comprising those on WeChat and Weibo. It did not comprise any foreign social media websites.
Twitter did not instantly reacted to a request for answers. The account that the Youth League labeled as forged posted its initial tweet on September 12, 2017, and has posted 10 tweets till date. One post connected to an article on the authorized Xinhua news organization about a Chinese being held for trading VPN services that assist users skirt Internet curbs and requested why people required to do this, if China had such a “magnificent culture of Internet.”
It is not apparent as to who opened the account, but it dubs itself as the official Twitter account of the Youth League and bears a link to the official site of the League. Including more to the bewilderment, one more Twitter account saying to be the official account of Youth League, @ccylchina, was also rolled out this week, although its content backs the point of view of the party. Both of the accounts are not officially confirmed by Twitter.
The Youth League declined telephone calls looking for comment. The Youth League has 88 Million users in the age of 14 to 28, mainly government and party officials who have been prepared for decades as latent future leaders. With over 5 Million fans on Weibo, it has insistently courted social media in China, expanding its reach to platforms earlier overlooked by mainstream propaganda agencies.