RTHK English News Twitter gets rectified. Comments are no longer allowed, and all previous tweets – long universally adored for their high-quality and finely-gauged snark – deleted. Judging from one response, it seems someone new has moved in to handle media inquiries…
As HKFP puts it…
It is unclear if the broadcaster is aware that users may still screenshot their tweets or use the “quote” function to comment on them.
Someone has set up an alternative RTHK Twitter account that automatically posts all the headlines, just like the original – except readers are free to comment. (Until the site gets taken down for copyright infringement in – let’s guess – the next three working days. Of course, there is also a way to prevent people from using the screenshot/’quote’ fixes to comment on Twitter: imprison them for inciting hatred of the government, or blocking the whole Twitter website. Easy.)
The deleted tweets should all be archived here. RTHK Snark Greatest Hits compilations are already being compiled.
Enjoy things before they disappear.
On the subject of things vanishing, must-read of the week: Howard French on the ‘asphyxiation’ of China’s most cosmopolitan city as part of Xi Jinping’s vision of a nation that can live without foreign people and ideas.
Time for a quick horrors update… Having cleansed Hong Kong of the deadly speech therapists/cartoon sheep menace, police arrest pro-democracy activists for releasing a balloon. And, in what looks like an overly elaborate performance to reassure NatSec enforcement forces, HK University bars students who attended a union meeting from the campus. Apparently this will help preserve the institution’s reputation, or something.
Pursuing the easier charge of causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving would have been supported by the court’s findings in this case and would not have caused grave concerns over the security of human rights in Hong Kong. We can only hope these issues will be addressed in the coming appeal.