According to a joint report from Free Tibet
and the New York Times
these reports contributed to thousands of tweets and re-tweets controlled by the Chinese government. Popular topics included Tibet being a Utopian area under China and attacks on the Dalai Lama.
reporters can all agree on the motive for the tweets: China hates the Dalai Lama. His interference in Tibet
has long frustrated Chinese officials. His fight with them has also drawn unwanted media attention
to the situation.
Reporters at Free Tibet are calling upon their fans and those concerned about the event to contact the CEO of Twitter Dick Costolo
. Journalists worry that Twitter will only take what they call "token action" to stop this trend. It is true that unless there is a crackdown this trend will likely continue unabated.
Twitter does not have a history of cracking down on abuses such as this. Twitter managers only banned some Turkish accounts
after a long and lengthy legal battle. Turkish officials had to also give up
on their ban as well. Part of the reluctance comes from the fact that many banned users continue to use the service by evading bans