The Chinese language embassy within the US has stated its Twitter account was hacked after it retweeted a baseless declare by Donald Trump accusing the Democrats of dishonest within the election.
Late on Wednesday evening within the US, Trump posted: “If any person cheated within the election, which the Democrats did, why wouldn’t the election be instantly overturned? How can a rustic be run like this?”
The put up, which now carries a Twitter warning that the declare of election fraud is “disputed”, was retweeted inside minutes by the official account for the Chinese language authorities’s presence within the US, catching the attention of social media customers.
The embassy then tweeted that it had not completed any retweeting on 9 December. “The Chinese language embassy Twitter account was hacked this afternoon and we condemn such an act,” it stated.
China’s authorities formally congratulated Joe Biden on profitable the election on 26 November. The China-US relationship has deteriorated throughout Trump’s time period as president, Whereas initially praising the management of Xi Jinping, Trump quickly pivoted to a tricky stance towards the Chinese language authorities, and the 2 nations sparred over commerce, know-how, human rights, and visas for journalists and diplomats.
Trump, who stays president till Biden’s inauguration in January, has continued to situation government orders and sanctions towards China and its officers, and key appointees have continued to air main accusations and criticisms.
Twitter is amongst quite a few social media platforms banned in China however the nation’s diplomatic missions and workers world wide keep accounts.
It’s not the primary time China has claimed one among its diplomatic accounts was hacked following controversial Twitter exercise. In September, the ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming’s account preferred posts essential of the Chinese language Communist get together and one other containing a 10-second video of a intercourse act. The likes remained lively for a number of hours, till the embassy in London declared Liu’s account was “viciously attacked” by “anti-China parts”, and demanded Twitter perform a “thorough” investigation.
In 2020 Twitter has sought to take some measures towards pretend and questionable claims by official accounts, introducing labels for these affiliated with state media and governments in China, Russia and different nations, and attaching warnings to a lot of Trump’s spurious accusations, together with these of voter fraud and election dishonest.