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China’s fury over porn ‘rumour’

The UK’s Chinese embassy has called on Twitter to investigate accusations that “anti-China elements” hijacked ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s account to like pornographic videos and posts critical of China.A London-based human rights campaigner screenshotted and posted some of the content that had been liked by a Twitter account belonging to the ambassador on Wednesday night, according…

The UK’s Chinese embassy has called on Twitter to investigate accusations that “anti-China elements” hijacked ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s account to like pornographic videos and posts critical of China.

A London-based human rights campaigner screenshotted and posted some of the content that had been liked by a Twitter account belonging to the ambassador on Wednesday night, according to the BBC.

One of them was a short and pornographic foot fetish video.

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“The CCP is stationed in the British Empire! We make it famous!” wrote the anti-communist account that posted a video showing Mr Liu’s account having liked the pornographic clip.

“Lucky quality single guy, warm up first,” read the caption on the video from an account which posts “beautiful legs in stockings” and “b**ches from time to time”.

Other posts allegedly liked by the ambassador’s account included ones heavily critical of China and its ruling communist party made by other users in response to the account’s posts.

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“China has always adhered to the principle of making lip service to noninterference in internal affairs so they can murder their own people without condemnation by the world,” a man describing himself as a “MAGA” follower, “Asiaphile” and “nemesis of social engineering in all its forms” said in response to one of Mr Liu’s tweets.

China has now called on Twitter to conduct a “thorough investigation”, claiming Mr Liu’s account was “viciously attacked” by “anti-China elements”.

“The Embassy has reported this to Twitter company and urged the latter to make thorough investigations and handle this matter seriously,” the embassy said in a statement.

“The Embassy reserves the right to take further actions and hope that the public will not believe or spread such rumour,” the statement added.

Mr Liu’s account has been sterilised and now only lists two of his own posts as liked tweets.

In the same way that RTs generally mean endorsements, a liked tweet does not necessarily indicate agreeance.

The feature is also used as a bookmarking tool to save tweets you want to revisit in the future.

It’s also possible the likes were made by accident, however China appears to be alleging it was a deliberate attack.

Similar incidents have occurred in Australia.

In 2017, the Twitter account of Health Minister Greg Hunt liked an explicit tweet from the account BBW C*M PUMPER 69, a month after then-Defence Minister Christopher Pyne appeared to like a tweet containing gay pornography.

Mr Pyne accused someone of trying to make “mischief over the plebiscite” as Australia prepared to eventually vote that gay people should be allowed to get married.

At the time, a spokesman for Mr Hunt told news.com.au his account had been hacked and the matter had been referred to the AFP, whose investigation later found that was not true.

“The account was not hacked in a criminal sense,” AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin told a Senate estimates hearing a few months later.

Mr Colvin added the incident was “about who has access to your Twitter account, how many people have access”.

“I think social media hygiene is an issue that we all need to be very conscious of,” Mr Colvin said.

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