By Stephen McDonell
So Twitter now has a managing director in China – a Chinese woman who used to be in the military – and online activists on the open side of the Great Firewall are freaking out.
Yet it really is hard to see how concerning the appointment of Kathy Chen should actually be.
Twitter is blocked in China but is very popular with Chinese dissidents based in the West.
It is also used by Chinese intellectuals and companies with international links: they access the social networking site with the use of a VPN to escape Beijing’s rigorous censorship regime.
What’s worried many has been the content of Kathy Chen’s initial burst of tweets, like when she proclaimed to Chinese state television @cctvnews “let’s work together to tell great China story to the World!”
Crushing free speech?
People asked: Why would Twitter be wanting to work together with Communist Party controlled media? What would that co-operation entail?