Twitter apologizes for blocking accounts ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

Twitter apologizes for blocking accounts ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary
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Twitter apologized Saturday after suspending accounts critical of Chinese government days before the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. 

The accounts were among millions suspended as part of Twitter's efforts to "protect the health of the public conversation," the company said in a statement, adding that "platform manipulation," including spam, was targeted.

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"Sometimes our routine actions catch false positives or we make errors. We apologize. We're working today to ensure we overturn any errors but that we remain vigilant in enforcing our rules for those who violate them," Twitter said.

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June 4 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, when students and workers occupied the Beijing square in a pro-democracy protest. Many demonstrators were killed by communist authorities

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Discussions of the protest are taboo in China, but Defense Minister Wei Fenghe recently defended Beijing's actions and said at a regional forum that stopping to "political turbulence" was the "correct policy," the BBC reports.