Democracy Activists Slam Twitter’s Hiring of Manager with Ties to Chinese Govt, Military

There was a moment, perhaps most pronounced during the 2011 Arab Spring protests, when Twitter was widely perceived as an ally to human rights activists fighting authoritarian regimes. In a week where Twitter unapologetically recruited a former member of the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) to manage its China operation, that perception may have changed somewhat. That manager is Kathy Chen, a software engineer who, in addition to a reported 7-year stretch at the PLA, also worked as an engineer for a Chinese military research institute and served as CEO of Jinchen, a software company whose local partner was indirectly owned by the Chinese

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