Chinese bloggers slam Xinhua for promoting stories on Twitter

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 12:01 hrs

China's state-run news agency Xinhua has been criticised by bloggers after the media firm used Twitter to promote its stories, despite the social networking site is officially outlawed in China.

Xinhua, China's state-run news outlet, has been operating an English language account on the social media network since earlier this year, despite Twitter being blocked since 2009.

A story about the agency's prolific tweeting in the domestic media has sparked anger among Chinese micro-bloggers and triggered renewed calls for the country's notorious Great Firewall to be dismantled, the Telegraph reports.

"The cat's out of the bag," Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported this week following a piece on the Yunnan Info Daily website.

"The most frequently asked question by China's netizens is: why is Xinhua allowed to use Twitter, but not us?" the report said.

According to the paper, a micro-blogger said that 'I am going to report this to the police ... Xinhua is obviously breaching our Internet laws.'

"Xinhua has opened a Twitter account and now has over 5,000 followers. I want to follow Xinhua, but you'll have to dismantle the 'Wall'," wrote another user. (ANI)

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