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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey exchanges tweets with China’s Ai Weiwei

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey expressed his annoyance over the blocking of his popular service in China with a tweet saying “Hello, Shanghai. Twitter is blocked here in China so I can’t read any tweets,” after arriving in the country on Thursday.

Controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who equally condemns these kinds of restrictions put in place by the Chinese government responded to Dorsey from his @aiww Twitter account (which has 119, 000 followers) saying “Welcome to land of no twitter!”

The two famous men continued their rant exchanging tweets. “Yes, it’s unfortunate and disappointing,” Dorsey, replied. “We really miss you here,” Ai said. “Have a nice rest, (and) enjoy shanghai…a city without culture, but a lot of money.”

Ai Weiwei is famous for expressing his feelings towards the Communist Chinese government, which has in recent times, tightened restrictions on Internet access as well as social networks. Early last year Weiwei disappeared for 81 days sparking an international outcry against his arrest, after Chinese police launched a massive crackdown amid online calls for Arab-style protests in China.

In a final tweet to the Twitter chairman Weiwei said “Let’s make sure China has access to Twitter sooner than North Korea.”

Author | Talita Calitz

Talita Calitz
Talita studied Journalism and Visual Communication at the University of Pretoria. Travelled a bit, worked here and there and now resides in Cape Town where she’s the Communications Manager for BOS Brands (BOS Ice Tea). More

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