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Chinese authorities clamp down on Twitter activity

HANDS-ON METHODS:Rather than closing loopholes allowing access to the global Internet, authorities have been arresting users, forcing them to remove their tweets

AFP, BEIJING

Some Twitter users are let off with a warning, while others are told to delete tweets, but the police pressure could have a ripple effect as hollowed-out accounts or farewell tweets posted by advocates under duress could cause others to self-censor.

“It is a huge setback for researchers and anyone who cares about the struggles of contemporary Chinese society,” Cao wrote on China Change, describing Twitter as an “open diary” for Chinese dissidents.

Li said he plans to cut back his Twitter activity.

“Speaking out these days is useless anyway,” he said.

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