Good luck with that response
I understand the federal government has been trying to regain access to the PM's account since the middle of last year and Wechat has been less than helpful.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's WeChat account has been taken over by entities that have rebranded it "Australian Chinese new life" and used the account to offer advice on living in Australia for the nation's Chinese community. Morrison, leader of the right-of-centre Liberal Party of Australia, has used Tencent- …
> the account in question was originally registered by a PRC individual
> That verbiage suggests the PM might yet regain control of his account.
Is one to conclude that Mr Morrison is a Chinese citizen? Or perhaps was his PR team using a borrowed account? And how does that square with calls for online accountability?
Not conflicting. The verbiage suggests that the original registrant, Mr Ji, might regain ownership of the account and hence possibly resume posting on Morrison's orders.
So Morrison and flunkies are attacking the Chinese government for "political interference" over an account to which Morrison is not entitled.
"it would still be best for both Labor and the Coalition to simply boycott WeChat because of the risk of censorship on the platform"
Are they going to de-platform themselves from the likes of Facebook, Twitter etc, because those are known to practice censorship and de-platform those whose views are not acceptable to the ruling classes.
"Selling the account is against the Terms of Service of WeChat. It should have been a simple account ownership question for Tencent to resolve, particularly for a high-profile account like the Prime Minister of Australia," Mr Potter said.
It is also against the ToS for a foreign national to register and by implication own and operate an account. So whether the account is sold or not is of no concern to Morrison or Potter.
He also pointed out that Tencent was quick to move when it temporarily blocked Mr Morrison's account in late 2020 amid a furious political dispute over an image of an Australian soldier posted on social media by Chinese diplomats
Morrison demanded that those posts be removed - ie censored - I believe he called it fake news at the time. The image in question would have been protected by "freedom of speech" in the west, furthermore the image was based on actual events (war crimes committed by Australian forces). Australia decided to censor without prejudice the whistleblower who exposed those crimes by prosecuting him.
Sheer shameless hypocrisy.
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