Well it was an awesome Tibetan Independence Day such incredible support from Anonymous activists and a lot of interest across social media.
It was a really positive focus and platform to raise the issue of Tibet’s status as a nation under an illegal occupation/ whose people have every right to their country’s national freedom. Thanks to all our friends and subscribers for the amazing solidarity you show with Tibet’s cause and our digital activism.
We’ve been seeing a massive increase in views of our Blog, and recently it’s getting lots of hits from China and also Hong Kong. We’re happy to see that growing outreach to a Chinese audience. No doubts some will be China’s online cyber-army, but others will be looking for a more truthful perspective on Tibet and the plight of Tibetans. On Twitter too our crew have been noticing lots of follows from China-based accounts, whatever the motive of such interest they’ve come to right place if they’re looking to get a more grounded and realistic understanding of Tibet.
After reporting on China’s cyber-attack against pro-Tibet organizations and with the launch of Anonymous’ ‘Operation Tibet’ scheduled for Tibetan Independence Day on February 13 we noticed couple hours back a curious email dropping into the inbox.
Seemingly sent from an account with a Tibetan sounding name it asked “Who is this?” and contained the poorly worded and bizarre message “R u now this is high lama”.
It also featured a shortened link which if clicked, presumably, was to satisfy the hoped for curiosity we were supposed to feel.
Like all uninvited incoming communications this was examined with care and given its content considered as being hostile action. It was deleted and a number of precautionary security checks run.
We remind the cyber division of China’s regime that your efforts to plant malware will continue to be met with rigorous scrutiny and defense.
Meanwhile, should Mr ‘Dawa Phuntsok’ be reading this, and prove to be a Tibetan who genuinely wishes to genuinely contact us he can do so via our Twitter account @tibettruth or on Facebook @digitalactivism
We won’t be holding our breath on that one!
Subscribers and visitors will realize that a central objective of our activism is to expose and challenge the disinformation and propaganda of China’s regime and its allies. As such we are engaged in an information campaign to reach out across social-media to the many who have little or no idea about Tibet and the plight of its people.
Our main platforms for such action involve Twitter and Facebook, and thanks to the dedication and creativeness of amazing colleagues we’ve established a strong profile and presence for Tibet’s cause.
In addition this site is an important and resource-rich source of information, online actions and news on Tibet. It’s global reach is impressive and we monitor traffic regularly and note rising numbers of views from within China.
We’d like to expand on such progress and to that end we recently upgraded its functionality, navigation and look to ensure a fast and easy access to our information, performing across a range of devices.
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If you have a Blog, website or social media page we ask you to please consider placing a link to our site https://tibettruth.com
Such a simple action, collectively, will be a direct assistance in further increasing our site’s prominence on search-engines. A development which we are sure will bring a frown to the faces of China’s regime 🙂
Happy to see that common sense was restored as Twitter unlocked the account of our colleagues @tibettruth. There was huge support from many friends across social media and major thanks to all for the solidarity.
While it was awesome to see the account back online and getting information on Tibet out there, the day was darkened by the actions of a handful of trolls. Resulting we were sorry to hear of a new volunteer to the @tibettruth crew stepping down. He had unknowingly responded to what he thought, in all innocenece to be a genuine interest from an account to donate towards our work for Tibet. No crime there then. However the account in question turned out to be linked to the vitriolic dispute regarding a Tibetan Buddhist deity, which has resulted in much online disharmony and abuse among the wider Tibetan Diaspora and some supporters of Tibet.
Our former volunteer unaware of the background or detail replied to what he considered a bona fide approach, this error was then seized upon as an excuse to issue a stream of abuse against him and the activism we conduct.
We have previously made it known that we are entirely disinterested in arguments for or against this corrosive and divisive issue, unfortunately we hear that any attempt at reasoned and civilized communication failed. There was an agenda at work. Our Twitter team decided to block one of the accounts involved and reconnected with posting news and information on Tibet. To a degree though the damage had been done and we lost the activism of a decent and kind person who wanted to show his support for Tibet.
In response to the targeting of our Twitter colleagues we issued a statement, which is included HERE for anyone wishing to know our position.
We understand that early this morning our colleagues @tibettruth over on Twitter found themselves locked out of their account. This happened before, in 2015, when for no fault of theirs the account was closed by Twitter. An appeal was issued and with the help of many friends eventually access was restored, the explanation and apology provided at the time was that:
“Twitter has automated systems that find and remove automated spam accounts in bulk. Unfortunately, it looks like your account got caught up in one of these spam groups by mistake. Your account is now unlocked, sorry for the inconvenience.”
It’s hoped that Twitter promptly ensure that @tibettruth are allowed free and full access to their account as they do remarkable work for the cause of human rights and national freedom for Tibet and its people.
Our Twitter team @tibettruth are seeking support for a fundraiser they are running. The target is around $800, the object, to update a computer resource. If anyone wishes to contribute towards their awesome digital activism on Tibet and help them get a new laptop then head on over to the online donations page here:
On August 20, 2017 we published our proposal called ‘A New Direction For Tibet’s Cause’ which we presented to organizers of the 4th International Rangzen Conference in Paris, France.
It is our belief that this document provides a positive alternative to the present inertia and distraction which has stalled any genuine progress of the Tibetan cause.
Our statement may be read above, or as PDF via this link, where it can also be downloaded https://www.docdroid.net/VoV6Esk/proposal.pdf
NB: Anyone wishing to print, reproduce or publish our proposal may do so but we ask that full copyright credit is given to tibettruth as authors. Thank you.