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They said that despicable methods were used to deceive the public. The officials are now calling for an investigation to be conducted for the incident.
The issue quickly went viral after a human rights campaigner shared screenshots of the offending Twitter posts, which have since been unliked, on the social media site. One of the tweets that Xiaoming liked included an image captured from drone footage allegedly showing blindfolded Uighur Muslims.
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Another tweet included the terms “Free the Uighurs” and “Free Hong Kong,” which accused the country of killing its citizens without being punished by the world. Some Twitter users suggested that Liu’s account had a long history of liking random posts.
“If you go through his likes, he’s “liked” quite a few things that you wouldn’t think a Chinese diplomat would/should “like.” His second-ever “like” was “Hail China dictatorship man!” captioned the user.
China’s U.K. embassy urged the public not to speculate and released a statement denying Xiaoming’s likes. The report explained that some anti-China elements attacked the ambassador’s Twitter account.
It added that the Chinese Embassy doesn’t tolerate such “abominable” behavior. The incident was already reported to the Twitter company, asking the social media platform to take the matter seriously.
The Embassy said that it is hoping that the public will not spread or believe the rumor. Twitter, which was banned in the country but used by selected government officials, refused to provide any statement if the Liu’s account was really hacked.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.