[UPDATE] This account is likely fake, not hacked.
China’s Communist Youth League reportedly joined Twitter last week, receiving a not terribly warm welcome from the social media network’s users. However, since then, the league has either come around on its views about Taiwan, or it has been hacked.
On Thursday, the youth wing of the Communist Party made its first-ever tweet, announcing “I’m here” with an accompany rabbit photo on the network which has blocked been in mainland China since 2009.
— 共青团中央 (@ccylchina) September 14, 2017
At first, Twitter users were less than excited to see the league, telling the group to “fuck off back over the wall” and wondering, “This network is blocked in China, how did you manage to get access?”
However, users may change their tune on the league after seeing the account’s most recent tweets. Earlier this afternoon, the account tweeted four “testing” messages…
…before it posted a photo of the flag of the Republic of China carrying the caption “Remember 9/18, long live China!”
9/18 is in reference to the Mukden Incident, a staged explosion in the Manchurian city of Mukden (now Shenyang) that happened on September 18th, 1931, which Japan used as a pretext for its invasion and occupation of Manchuria.
Then, a short time later, the account tweeted out a YouTube link to the song “Go and Reclaim the Mainland” a patriotic song that was created by the ROC government, which includes the lyrics: “The mainland is our homeland, the mainland is our territory; Our homeland, our territory; We can’t let the commies occupy it, we can’t let the russkies bully it; We must go back and reclaim it, we must go back and reclaim it.”
Those tweets have since been deleted, presumably indicating that the account had been hacked and was not bogus to start with.
Previously, the account’s dozen or so tweets had mirrored posts posted to the league’s popular Weibo account. The posts included those honoring PLA military and veterans, as well as one that quoted Taiwanese politician Ko Wen-jie saying that “the mainland is growing stronger and Taiwan is falling behind.”
In less than a week, the account has managed to amass more than 1,000 followers. It follows 16 other accounts, mostly those of Chinese state media outlets, but also Time, YouTube and the United Nations.
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