China is known all over the world not only as one of the world leaders in the economy, but also as an extremely tough authoritarian censor. Its next victims were Twitter users, who have recently been detained and interrogated for tweets on this social network.
Keep in mind that Twitter in China is blocked by the so-called Great Firewall of China along with Google, YouTube and Facebook, but many Chinese internet users use VPNs to overcome the bans.
According to the New York Times, the authors of messages criticizing the actions of the country's government are the first to fall under the distribution. Representatives of the publication met with nine Twitter users who were interrogated by the police. One of them, Huang Chengcheng, was handcuffed to a chair and interrogated for eight hours. At the end of the interrogation, he was forced to give a written promise to stop using Twitter.
Pan Xidian is another victim of censorship who posted a comic strip of a dissident cartoonist on social media. After 20 hours of interrogation, he had to remove several posts. But even after his release, he was not left alone. The second time, Pan Sidian was arrested and placed in a cell with ten other "offenders", where they were forced to spend two weeks watching propaganda videos.
In total, China has about 3.2 million Twitter users, which is about 0.4% of China's Internet users. According to them, this social network is one of the few places where Chinese people can participate in political debate and discussion.