Twitter apologizes for blocked China accounts ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

In this May 28, 1989 file photo, students rest in the litter of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, as their strike for government reform enters its third week. (AP)
Updated 03 June 2019
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Twitter apologizes for blocked China accounts ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

  • The approach of the 30th anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square has been accompanied in China by a tightening of censorship

SHANGHAI: Twitter Inc. has apologized for suspending accounts critical of Chinese government policy days ahead of the 30th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on protesters at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, after an outcry among users.
In a statement posted to the company’s Public Policy Twitter feed on Saturday, Twitter said “a number of accounts” had been suspended as part of efforts to target accounts engaging in “platform manipulation.”
“Some of these were involved in commentary about China. These accounts were not mass reported by the Chinese authorities — this was a routine action on our part,” the company said.
Such actions sometimes “catch false positives or we make errors,” it added. Twitter said it was working to “ensure we overturn any errors.”
Twitter’s statement follows a sharp reaction from its users over the suspensions, including US Senator Marco Rubio, who in a tweet accused Twitter of becoming “a Chinese (government) censor.”
The approach of the 30th anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square has been accompanied in China by a tightening of censorship. Tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy.


Argaam named ‘digital sponsor’ for Euromoney conference

Updated 17 September 2019

Argaam named ‘digital sponsor’ for Euromoney conference

  • Argaam provides a wide range of editorial and media services for companies and banks

Argaam will participate as a digital sponsor at the 14th edition of Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference 2019 to be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, under the patronage of Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi minister of finance.

Organized by Euromoney International in cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Finance, this year’s edition titled “Growing the New Financial Ecosystem” will focus on financial technology (fintech), as well as latest trends in the banking sector and capital market.

An exhibition will also be held on the sidelines of the conference, where several financial institutions and entities will showcase their products and services.

Being a digital sponsor, Argaam will set up an exclusive news studio at the heart of Euromoney, where it will host and conduct interviews with senior officials and executives in the finance and economic sectors to address latest developments prevailing across the Saudi market and economy.

Argaam is Saudi Arabia’s leading provider of financial data, news, and analysis on the Kingdom’s equity markets. It provides a wide range of editorial and media services for companies and banks, including real-time coverage on equities and macroeconomics in Saudi Arabia and the GCC. 

“Argaam is thrilled to invite you to visit its booth at Euromoney Saudi Arabia 2019 and explore a wide array of services provided to those interested in the Saudi and Gulf markets,” it said in a press release.

The two-day conference is one of the most important financial events in the region.

Organizers have introduced three new initiatives to create an even more interactive and informative experience for the participants, according to the conference website. The Euromoney Tech Tent will showcase regional and international fintech companies who are building the future of finance. The Euromoney Knowledge Hub will run 30-minute live briefings throughout the day — focusing on new developments in finance. Euromoney Amplify will run a live global markets simulation all through the conference — with participants being able to play the markets as either buy-side or sell-side institutions.