On Monday, Yueyue’s mother appeared on Sina Weibo under a verified profile to counter rumours in the Chinese media reports that the little girl had succumbed to her injuries from the horrendous double hit-and-run that has since captured nationwide attention.
Now, the truth is out — neither she nor her husband has had the time, nor energy, to figure out this new-fangly thing called weibo. The tweets that have been appearing on the @小悦悦妈妈 (“Yueyue’s mother”) page did not originate from them, they told the Chinese press yesterday.
Yueyue’s mom added though that she did receive a call the day before yesterday from someone informing her that they were opening a Weibo account for her. Because she herself was caught up in a whirlwind of emotions, and because she thought this person must be a kind-hearted soul just wanting to help, she said yes.
Since then, a total of four tweets, each of them written in the first person, have appeared on the Weibo page. Each of the tweets has been reposted thousands of times, and one of them was retweeted a whopping 22,000 times. The last tweet, posted just before midnight on Tuesday, read as follows:
“To all the kind-hearted friends in the world, I am Yueyue’s dad. Thank you all for your attention, I bow to all of you. Yueyue’s medical condition was announced earlier today at a press conference at the military hospital.Yueyue is still in critical condition and is still under intensive care. Thank you all for your attention once again. I bow to you. Wang Chichang.”
Yueyue’s parents say they find it unacceptable that tweets have been posted using their identity.
Now we know why anytime a major incident happens, the key characters always eventually make their appearance on Sina Weibo. Sina’s been stringing us along all this while in their shameless bid for eyeballs.
No official explanation has yet been given by the company.
Earlier, this year, the Guo Meimei saga opened a whole can of worms regarding Sina’s verification process. Let’s see how they dig themselves out of this one.
Thanks Shanghaiist reader Ivan Shi for contributing to this story!
UPDATE: Little Yueyue has passed away.
Previously on Shanghaiist
1. Watch: Toddler run over by two vehicles, ignored by all but one trash collector
2. Foshan toddler passes away [UPDATE: Toddler still alive]
3. Foshan toddler Yueyue still under intensive care
4. Meet: Chen Xianmei, the trash collector who came to the rescue of Foshan toddler Yueyue
5. Adam Minter: Chen Xianmei’s a “scrap peddler” not “trash collector”
6. Will a belief in God make more Good Samaritans out of us?
7. Chen Xianmei commended while murmurs abound she’s out to get famous
8. Chen Xianmei overwhelmed by donations and media attention, flees Foshan