Well known Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he will stop tweeting if Twitter is censored as proposed by Chinese authorities.
Ai Weiwei’s incredibly popular and twitter feed is seen as the trail blazer in online commentary in China.
He has reacted to the threat of his tweets, which are often critical of the regime, being blocked by saying he will just shut down.
The China Digital Times reported that: “the new policy has been widely read as a concession to allow Twitter to enter China, in a similar vein to Google’s aborted censorship of search results on Google.cn. The speculation has been fuelled by co-founder Jack Dorsey’s recent visit to Shanghai, though that trip may have had more to do with Dorsey’s e-payment company, Square. Speaking to The Associated Press, Google’s chief legal officer played down the focus on China: