China arrests woman for 'illegal information' on Twitter
Woman tweeted way to spread word on Tiananmen Square action
- China Change
- June 10, 2014
On Monday, June 9th, China’s state-run media outlet China News (中新网) reported that Beijing police had arrested a 22-year-old young female by the family name Zhao for posting an article on Twitter that teaches how to use a pseudo base station “to send illegal information.” According to the report, the Chinese internet security police formed a task force to solve the case as soon as they discovered this particular tweet, and a multi-agency investigation led to Zhao’s arrest and the confiscation of her “criminal tool” – a laptop computer.
The news alarmed the Chinese Twitter community. Many of them recalled a tweet they had read before June 4th, the 25th anniversary of Tian’anmen democracy movement, by “赵你@RFITB” on May 24, 2014:
“My brain hole opened up briefly [had a flash of genius] this afternoon, and I wrote a June 4th Anniversary. A Conceptual Plan for Using Pseudo Base Station. I have no idea whether this is doable. I don’t have the capacity to do it, but if you think it is an actionable concept, please spread it."
The tweet has the hashtag of “return to Tian’anmen” and “June 4th” but the Chinese official report avoided mentioning any of these phrases.