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.
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Gen. Milley faces his toughest day yet on Capitol Hill The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio MORE (R-Fla.) called Twitter out on its own platform, saying the social media outlet has become "a Chinese govt censor."
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.
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.