Twitter Temporarily Restricts Professor’s Account for Mocking Chinese President

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A University of Canterbury professor was suspended from Twitter for poking fun at Chinese President Xi Jinping, before regaining access to the platform over the weekend.

Professor Anne-Marie Brady’s suspension came after she shared a story about the Chinese Communist Party celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding, titled, “Xi’s hollow 100th birthday celebration for the Chinese Communist Party.” Brady wrote, “Alternative headline: “Xi: It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.” She shared Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit song, It’s My Party, in a subsequent message.

Brady briefly went silent before returning on July 4 to share screenshots that revealed Twitter informing Brady her account had been “restricted” for writing the messages. Edward Lucas,
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