Social media giant Twitter has confirmed it will not ban or hide a controversial Tweet about Australia’s special forces made by a China foreign ministry spokesperson.
The graphic tweet is a photoshopped image of an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife to the throat of an Afghan child.
The photo is a reference to the Brereton inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces troops in Afghanistan.
Twitter has said Lijian Zhao’s tweet will not be banned, but it will be marked as a sensitive image.
Prime minister Scott Morrison has called the image “repugnant”, while labeling the post as shameful. He has demanded an apology from China.
Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable. pic.twitter.com/GYOaucoL5D
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) November 30, 2020
Twitter has been called out for allowing the image to be published in the first place, or why it was not at least hidden.
Twitter told The Australian it won’t be removed or hidden by default. Rather, it will be marked as “sensitive media”.
Zhao’s account has been labelled as an “official government account”, which technically means he is able to publish comments on political issues, including military issues.
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