Since Twitter now censors it’s users, Ms. Chen will fit right in.
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 Ministry of Public Security.
Twitter has hired her as managing director for “Greater China,” a region which encompasses Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. (Twitter is currently blocked in the People’s Republic of China, but many web users in the country reportedly use it anyway.)
I’ll continue autoposting content to Twitter, but I don’t have to like it!