China’s Twitter user who deleted posts ‘could be sentenced’

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A Twitter user has been “punished” by the country’s government for deleting posts that included violent images and other “offensive” content, according to the countrys Twitter account.

In a series of posts from April 4, the account @QqChina, which had more than 5,500 followers and more than 100,000 followers in less than two weeks, posted pictures of protesters in China’s capital, Beijing.

In one of the posts, the user posted a photo of a protester who had been arrested and had his face covered with a black mask, apparently in a reference to a protest on Friday in Tiananmen Square.

“The police were arresting these protesters, but the masked man didn’t even look like he had a mask on,” he wrote, according a translation by the South China Morning Post.

“If the mask was off, this guy wouldn’t have been arrested.”

On Monday, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) suspended the account’s users’ account, and announced a criminal investigation against it.

In response to the announcement, @QQChina deleted the tweets, saying the account had been suspended for “inciting hatred and terrorism.”

The account’s user name was also changed to QqChina.

A photo of the account was then posted by the account on the microblogging site Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

The account was one of a number of social media accounts used by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the months after the April 4 crackdown on protesters in Beijing.SAPRTF’s official Twitter account said on Tuesday that the account “could be punished by the government” and was being investigated.

The news follows a week of protests in Beijing against a spate of deadly crackdowns, in which police used batons, tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds of hundreds.