China’s UK embassy has demanded Twitter perform a “thorough” investigation and reserved the best to take additional motion after its ambassador’s account preferred a pornographic put up.

The embassy claimed Liu Xiaoming’s account had been “viciously attacked” on Wednesday, after it preferred tweets together with posts vital of the Chinese language Communist occasion and a 10-second video of a intercourse act.

The likes remained energetic for no less than an hour and had been extensively commented on earlier than the pornographic tweet was unliked, after which later the others. Some hours later a spokesman for the London embassy launched an announcement condemning the alleged hack.

“Lately some anti-China components viciously attacked ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s Twitter account and employed despicable strategies to deceive the general public. The Chinese language embassy strongly condemns such abominable behaviour.

“The embassy has reported this to Twitter firm and urged the latter to make thorough investigations and deal with this matter severely. The embassy reserves the best to take additional actions and hope that the general public is not going to imagine or unfold such hearsay.”

Liu republished his embassy’s tweet, including the caption: “A very good anvil doesn’t concern the hammer.”

Twitter declined to remark.

Twitter is amongst quite a few social media platforms banned in China however the nation’s diplomatic missions and workers all over the world keep accounts.

The corporate has change into more and more drawn into geopolitics. In June Twitter eliminated greater than 170,000 accounts which it stated had been Chinese language state-linked affect campaigns specializing in Hong Kong protests, Covid-19 and the US Black Lives Matter protests. It has additionally lately put necessary labels on accounts affiliated with the Chinese language authorities, together with diplomats and state media. It has additionally restricted a number of tweets by the US president, Donald Trump, together with for “glorifying violence”.

Liu’s account, which has greater than 85,000 followers, primarily shares excellent news tales from Chinese language state media, praising updates of China’s coronavirus response, and rejections of reviews on China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

A video clip of Liu denying human rights atrocities in Xinjiang throughout an interview with the BBC, even when confronted with drone footage, was extensively shared on Twitter in July.

A Twitter person “liking” a tweet on the platform doesn’t republish it however the tweet does present up in an inventory simply accessible on their profile.

It may be comparatively simple for a Twitter person to unintentionally like a tweet, however that tweet should have proven up on an individual’s Twitter feed or been sought out. The tweets of their feed primarily come from accounts they comply with, or are retweeted by accounts they comply with.

Liu follows simply 14 accounts, largely Chinese language state media or official Chinese language and UK authorities accounts, and the UK royal household.