China Communist Party Youth Twitter account prompts abuse

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Image caption The Twitter account appeared to be set up on Friday

Setting up a Twitter account may seem a fairly obvious thing for a political party to do, but the step has not so far worked for an account in the name of China’s Communist Party.

The account, which claimed to be from the party’s youth wing, made its debut on Friday with a chirpy one-liner – “I’m here!” – and a picture of what appeared to be cartoon communist rabbits.

It was immediately met with a barrage of tweets asking how the Party was getting around China’s Twitter ban.

But then late on Monday, the Youth League strongly denied that it had a Twitter account at all.

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— 共青团中央 (@ccylchina) September 14, 2017

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The Twitter bio for @ccylchina says the account provides “information on the work and activities of the Communist Party Youth League and hot topics among youths”.