Twitter User Agreement

Twitter is blocked in China; Many Chinese, however, bypass the block to use it. [35] Even large Chinese companies and domestic media such as Huawei and CCTV use Twitter via a government-authorized VPN. [36] [37] The official report of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs began tweeting in English in December 2019, as dozens of Chinese diplomats, embassies and consulates exploit their Twitter accounts. [38] In 2010, Cheng Jianping was sentenced to a year in a labour camp for “retweeting” a comment suggesting that Japanese product boycotters instead attack the Japanese pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Her fiance, who published the first comment, claims that it was in fact a satire of anti-Japanese sentiments in China. [39] According to the Washington Post report, State Security agents visited some users in China in 2019 to ask them to delete the tweets. [40] Chinese police would create impressions of tweets and advise users to delete specific messages or all of their accounts. The New York Times described “the intervention (the Twitter user in China) is unusually broad and punitive. Among the objectives of the crackdown were even Twitter`s lurkers with very few followers. [41] In 2019, a Chinese student at the University of Minnesota was arrested and sentenced to six months in prison upon his return to China for posting tweets mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping while in the United States.

[42] On 3 July 2020, Twitter announced that all requests for data and information to the Hong Kong authorities had been immediately stopped following the entry into force of the Hong Kong National Security Act imposed by the Chinese government. [43] According to official convictions from 2020, hundreds of Chinese have been sentenced to prison terms for Twitter tweets, retweeting and likens on Twitter. [44] These terms are an agreement between you and Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 U.S.A. If you have any questions about these conditions, please contact us. In exchange for Twitter`s access and use of the Services, you agree that Twitter and its third-party partners and partners may place ads on the services or in connection with the display of content or information from the Services, whether transmitted by you or others. You also agree not to abuse our services, for example by disturbing them or accessing them with a method other than the interface and instructions we have provided. When accessing or using the services, you are not allowed to do the following steps: (i) access, manipulation or use of non-public spaces of services, Twitter computer systems or technical delivery systems of Twitter providers; (ii) examine, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network to security, or violate or circumvent security or authentication measures; (iii) access or search or attempt to access services; to access or browse services in any other way (automated or otherwise) except through our currently available published interfaces that are provided by Twitter (and only under these commercial terms), unless you have expressly authorized this in a separate agreement with Twitter (NOTE: crawling services is allowed if this is done in accordance with the robot`s rules.txt file, but the dismantling of services without the prior consent of Twitter); (iv) falsify a header of TCP/IP packages or some of the header information in an email or publication, or use the services in any way to send altered, misleading or false information to identify sources; or (v) access to a user, host or network, including, but not limited, to sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spam, bombarding services by email, or by scripting content creation, or by scripting the creation of content in a way that affects or overloads services.