The Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom called on Twitter to conduct a “comprehensive” investigation, and reserved the right to take further measures, after its ambassador’s account liked a pornographic publication.
The likes remained active for at least an hour, before they were widely shared, and hours later the embassy issued a statement condemning the alleged hack.
Twitter is among the many banned social media platforms in China, but its diplomatic missions and staff around the world have active accounts.
Ambassador Liu’s account, which has more than 85,000 followers, publishes news stories from Chinese state media, praising his country’s handling of the Corona pandemic, while rejecting reports on Chinas human rights violations in Xinjiang.
Any Twitter user can see the Tweets they like, on the accounts home page.