UPDATE: Twitter lifts suspension on Chinese Embassy handle; China accuses of “double standards”

UPDATE: Twitter lifts suspension on Chinese Embassy handle; China accuses of “double standards”

UPDATE: Twitter lifts suspension on Chinese Embassy handle; China accuses of “double standards”

Written by Hassaan Shazuli

13 Apr, 2020 | 3:50 pm

(Updates paragraph one to show that the suspension was lifted on Tuesday)

COLOMBO (News1st): The suspension imposed on the Twitter handle of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo was lifted after almost 19 hours on Tuesday after the embassy accused the US social media giant of its double standards.

“This is double standards. There is so-called freedom of media, but on the other hand, they suspend and lock any account that is not on their agenda,” the spokesman added,” an embassy spokesman told News1st on Monday.

The suspension came days after it had used undiplomatic language against social media users while responding to allegations against China.

According to the spokesman, Twitter is yet to notify the Embassy regarding the reason for its suspension.

The unverified Twitter handle had been used to post updates regarding certain activities involving China such as the distribution of medical supplies to Sri Lanka.

Recently, the embassy on its Twitter handle had responded in a harsh tone to social media users who raised accusations against China – a move which angered many among social media circles.

“We don’t use angry manners. But as the official account we provide information and state our position,” the spokesman added.

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