"Do as we say, not as we do." Xinhua uses Twitter, blocked in China, to transmit its content abroad.

Posted: 20 Dec 2012   Print   Send a link
Morning Whistle, 11 Dec 2012, Xu Weiwei: "China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency is getting teased on China’s largest microblogging platform for its Twitter account being discovered by users. Xinhua’s official Twitter account was apparently discovered by Sina Weibo users around Dec. 5 and soon attracted a lot of attention. ... Many Weibo users teased it by asking 'why don’t they allow us to open the website of Twitter' or 'I am wondering how Xinhua "climbs over" the "Great Fire Wall".' ... @XHNews has once followed over 400 accounts, however, Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reported, it has gradually unfollowed them since October. Now it follows no accounts. During the party congress last month, Xinhua’s English news site promoted @XHNews with an article 'Xinhua tweets changes in China.' The article argued that 'China's attitudes and moves attract global eyes.'"

VOA News, 12 Dec 2012, Kate Woodsome: "Do as we say, not as we do. That could be the latest headline from China’s Xinhua News Agency, the state-run media giant that’s sharing its stories via Twitter, a social media site officially blocked in China. ... China has a kind of 'block and clone' approach to the Internet, as described in a TED Talk by the prominent Chinese blogger Michael Anti, known as Jing Zhao. Like Twitter, the government blocks Facebook and other social networks, but offers Chinese netizens domestic versions, including Sina Weibo and renren. The blogger has described Weibo as 'the media,' saying if something’s not on Weibo, it’s not known to the public. But Earp says despite Weibo's hundreds of millions of users, Chinese netizens often still turn to Twitter because it’s a connection to the world." See also China Digital Times, 11 Dec 2012, Scott Greene, with links to other reports.