@tibettruth Returned To Twitter-Then Trolled!

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.

Twitter Locks Down @tibetruth

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.

Anonymous Tibet Twitter Account Being Censored, But By Whom?

Image: courtesy of @AnonymousTibet

Something very strange is happening to a Twitter account run by @AnonymousTibet, (AT) the cause of which is uncertain, but before we continue here’s what we’ve learned from our colleagues @tibettruth. Seems that last month the anonymous account posted a video about activism targeting Chinese regime websites. They also tweeted to a few followers with an interest in Tibet an update on Tibetan Independence Day, which falls on February 13.

On that same day they were locked out of their account and despite several appeals and direct explanations it took a week to regain access. They received emails from Twitter Support apologizing for the inconvenience and acknowledging that their algorithms had wrongly interpreted AT as being a spam-bot.

Yay! Case closed and thanks to a whole lot of support from people across Twitter their account was again up and running. But wait a minute, when they logged in something was missing, only their 2000 plus followers! What’s more anyone trying to follow AT were being blocked from doing so! Meanwhile their emails and tweets to @TwitterSupport to help fully restore their account are being ignored, and at the time of this post the situation remains unresolved.

What is going down here? Is this administrative oversight by Twitter, or something darker? Are we seeing once again censorship? Has China exerted its suffocating influence once again? Whatever the facts it’s very worrying to see an account dedicated to human rights, justice and freedom being effectively banned. The only party which would welcome such a censorship is that of China’s regime!

We trust that Twitter will do the right thing here and lift the restrictions imposed upon @AnonymousTibet and restore their followers, anything else places into question their commitment to freedom-of-speech.

Twitter Account Trolling Untruths On Political Aspirations Of Tibetans

Occasionally the past has to revisited, especially if events are being re-written and used to deceive and mislead. After all a key objective of this portal on Tibet is to ensure just and challenging reportage. With that in mind we were prompted to draft this expose after receiving a heads-up from our Twitter team @tibettruth. They monitor Tibet related timelines and discovered an account (see image below) which is pushing a major falsehood regarding the political aspirations of Tibetans in occupied Tibet.

This assertion is a gross distortion and designed to mislead those across social media who have little knowledge of the Tibetan issue. You may be wondering why someone would choose to misrepresent this subject? Clearly there’s an agenda at play, one that has a worrying similarity with the propaganda of China’s regime, pushing the falsehood that Tibetans are content under Chinese rule.  Of course to make a lie more palatable a suggestion of credibility helps, and whoever is behind the account has been careful to reference the exiled Tibetan authority. However, that’s another deception, so let’s break this all down and drag the deception into the light.

In 2008 the first Special General Meeting of Tibetans was held in Dharamsala, India  from November 17 to 22. During that event Mr Karma Chophel, then Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile announced   the results of a covert ‘survey’ taken inside Tibet. In which he claimed 17, 000 Tibetans had been asked for their opinions on what solution they favored on Tibet’s status. It was not made clear how this clandestine questionnaire had been made  possible, nor its methodology or indeed the form and nature of questions supposedly presented. The ‘results’ claimed that over 8000 Tibetans stated they’d follow the policy of the Dalai Lama (no surprise there then) while 2000 expressed support for the Middle Way policy. Significantly 5000 Tibetans were said to have demanded an end to the Middle Way in favor of a policy for Tibet’s independence. ( Source: Tibet’s Last Stand, Warren J Smith, 2010).

It is this claim made by the late Mr Karma Chophel which appears to be the source of the fabricated assertions being promoted by the Twitter account shown above, distorted selectively and re-worded to emphasize a core deception. The term ‘poll’ has clear meaning and interpretation to any reader within the relatively free societies of liberal democracies, it also implies a certain authority. But the process of determining public opinion on political issues as hot as Tibet is not tolerated by China’s tyrannical regime. Anyone conducting such a survey, those taking part and their families would face torture, jail, forced labor or execution. The notion therefore that Tibetans took part in a poll to express their view on Tibet’s future status is a nonsense! Furthermore with several million Tibetans not participating in this ‘survey’ the assertion that 71% of Tibet’s population wish to stay within China is a blatant lie and completely inaccurate.

There has never been any political surveys or polls conducted in occupied Tibet, while the exiled Tibetan Administration offers little detail on the subject.

“Similarly, opinions from inside Tibet were also collected during an opinion poll for the referendum in 1995-96. Both written and verbal suggestions were solicited from Tibetans inside Tibet for the First Special General Meeting in November 2008. The majority of these opinions were in support of the Middle Way Approach. (Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/282616503/Middle-Way-Approach-Tibet-and-China-solution)

Hardly the democratic will of the Tibetan people, nor an actual referendum, but informal opinions and proposals, selecting to overlook that on the specific subject of support for the Middle Way those claimed to have declared their views expressed more support for Tibetan independence.  Meanwhile, without any evidence of the methodology employed, nor structure and content of the questions, such declarations are claims only. Contrast these with the wealth of  reports, eyewitness testimony and media accounts that document Tibetans protesting year-after-year for their national freedom.

@tibettruth Back As Twitter Apologize For Their Action

Graphic via @tibettruth

After a couple of days offline Twitter have now restored our @tibettruth  account and issued an apology:

“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.”

Thanks to Twitter‘s support staff for unlocking @tibettruth and particular appreciation to all the many folks on Twitter who supported the appeal for reinstatement. Normal service exposing and challenging China’s regime is resumed!

Twitter Again Censoring @tibettruth

What’s going down at Twitter? For a second time they have locked-out @tibettruth effectively censoring their activism for Tibet. It’s kinda ironic given that Twitter allowed, and still does Chinese political spammers to clog threads on the issue of Tibet, yet silences a dedicated voice which speaks out against censorship, human rights violations and the genocidal occupation of Tibet. So what prompted this latest censorship? The following tweet was posted to a handful of followers who regularly exchange communications with @tibettruth

Share & Display A #Poppy That Remembers The Living Who Suffer #PoppyAppeal #RememberThem #trueTibet

this was linked to the image below:

Is this truth too hot for Twitter? How can updating interested followers be regarded as spam?

If you have an account on Twitter we request you to kindly tweet @support and ask Twitter to unlock @tibettruth

Update Twitter Restores @tibettruth Account

graphic from @tibettruth

Twitter has emailed us and confirmed that our Twitter account is now restored, seems it was an error caused by their automated system

“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.”