Dec 10, 2020

China-US relations: Beijing says Twitter hacked after Trump retweet

China's US embassy said its Twitter account was hacked after users noticed it had retweeted a baseless claim by outgoing US President Donald Trump. The tweet - which now includes a warning that the claim was disputed - was retweeted by the embassy's official account within minutes. The Chinese embassy's retweet was picked up by Twitter users late on Wednesday in the US, with several remarking on its significance at a time of fragile US-China relations. Later on Wednesday, the Chinese embassy firmly distanced itself from the retweet. "The Chinese Embassy twitter account was hacked this afternoon and we condemn such an act. For clarification, the Embassy didn't do any retweeting on Dec. 9," it posted.

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