Twitter is blocked in China; Many Chinese, however, bypass the block to use it.  Even large Chinese companies and domestic media such as Huawei and CCTV use Twitter via a government-authorized VPN.   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.  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.  According to the Washington Post report, State Security agents visited some users in China in 2019 to ask them to delete the tweets.  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.  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.
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