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Did Twitter Suspend Aaron Blunck For Praising China?!

Did Twitter Suspend Aaron Blunck For Praising China?!

Did Twitter suspend US Olympic skier Aaron Blunck for praising China?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what’s really going on!

 

Claim : Twitter Suspended Aaron Blunck For Praising China!

Chinese netizens and Sinophiles are outraged about the news that Twitter suspended US Olympics skier Aaron Blunck after he praised China for their “stellar job with the whole COVID protocol”.

It was first covered by South China Morning Post (SCMP), and here is an excerpt from their article :

Three-time Olympian Aaron Blunck said he was suspended from Twitter after he and his US ski teammates praised China for its “stellar” operations at the Olympic Village.

“They have honestly done a stellar job with the whole Covid protocol,” the 25-year-old told reporters in the press room, before criticising biased coverage of the Games. “I didn’t really know what to expect, being stateside you’ve kind of heard some pretty bad media, and that is completely false – it’s actually been phenomenal.”

The 25-year-old said his Twitter account was then suspended, as he resorted to Instagram to protest the social platform’s unexplained decision, reposting a fan’s comment that read: “Aaron Blunck [is] out here telling the truth and getting punished by his own government.”

Blunck further shared a commentator’s tweet accusing the US government of being behind his account being shut down: “Twitter has executed the order of the Western ruling cabals … Punishment comes pretty fast.” Blunck tagged Twitter and asked: “what’d I do?”

Immediately, Chinese netizens (or bots?) and Sinophiles leaped onto the bandwagon, accusing the United States of censoring Aaron Blunck :

“Washington reviews all posts made about China and Russia.. freedom of speech?

“Free speech in the United States has taken its knife to apolitical athletes. If China is good, ban it. If China is bad, give the green light. Shame!”

“US athlete Aaron Blunck praise the Beijing Olympics… saying it’s one of the best Olympics he’s been to. Everything negative you read in western media is fake news. His Twitter account was suspended immediate after. That’s fast!!”

“Team US athletes [sic] Aaron Blunck’s Twitter account got suspended after telling the truth about China at the press conference. Freedom of speech is dead in America!”

 

Truth : Twitter Did Not Suspend Aaron Blunck For Praising China!

This is so lame, I cannot believe I have to actually write about it, or that SCMP’s standards have dropped so low….

Fact #1 : Aaron Blunck’s Twitter Account Was Not Suspended For Long

I have no idea if the Account suspended screenshot is genuine, but assuming it was – the suspension didn’t last very long.

As early as 12:01 AM on 15 February 2022, Aaron Blunck’s Twitter account (@Aaron_Blunck) was active and not suspended, nor deleted.

In fact, his Twitter account gained about 600 new followers in the last day or so, up from 5,655 to over 6,200 after the story broke.

Fact #2 : Aaron Blunck Has Not Used Twitter Since July 2021

Aaron Blunck has not been active on Twitter, posting his last tweet on 3 July 2021.

He did not tweet anything during the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games, so why would Twitter suspend his account?

Is he suggesting that Twitter suspended his account for… not posting anything? Or that they saw his interview, and decided to punish him by suspending his inactive account?

Fact #3 : Aaron Blunck Was Suspended Earlier

According to the Wayback Machine archives, Aaron Blunck was suspended on Twitter earlier – approximately 5 September 2021 until 14 February 2022.

It is quite likely that his Twitter account was suspended back then, because it was hacked :

  • His Twitter account was also hacked back in 2012.
  • Before February 2018, he only tweeted about his snowboarding games.
  • From February 2018 until May 2021, he didn’t post anything.
  • But from May to June 2021, his account was spamming posts on bitcoin mining.

Obviously, the 2021-2022 suspension had nothing to do with the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Fact #4 : Aaron Blunck Still Has Not Posted On Twitter

Even now that it is obvious to everyone (including himself) that his Twitter account is no longer suspended, Blunck has NOT posted anything, not even to address his earlier claim.

For someone who raged against Twitter on Instagram, it is peculiar how he continues NOT to post on Twitter, not even to castigate Twitter for his suspension.

Quite a few people have asked Blunck about his Twitter suspension, but he has also not responded.

Fact #5 : Aaron Blunck Press Conference Videos Are Still On Twitter

Despite claims of censorship, there are easily hundreds of posts and videos on the Aaron Blunck press conference on Twitter.

So it is obvious that Aaron Blunck’s temporary Twitter suspension had nothing to do with what he said at that press conference.

Unlike in China, where censors can and do wipe out all mention of “sensitive matters”, Twitter doesn’t seem at all bothered about what he said at that 2022 Beijing Olympics press conference.

Read more : Was CGTN caught faking the Peng Shuai email?

Fact #6 : There May Have Been A Glitch

According to a Twitter user @Grunge_Bob, he saw Aaron Blunck’s account go for suspended to reactivated with just 38 followers, before being restored to its proper condition “within minutes”.

There is no way to confirm if the temporary suspension was due to a glitch, but there is at least evidence of a glitch.

Fact #7 : Twitter Only Removes Content Based On Local Laws

Twitter can be compelled by individual countries to remove content that contravene local laws, but there is a due process, and the account holder is informed of the legal demand.

Twitter is also removing content that receive DMCA takedown requests by copyright owners… like the IOC and NBC, for example.

It is therefore absurd for anyone to claim that Aaron Blunck’s Twitter account was suspended by the United States government, without any evidence.

For all of its foibles, free speech is protected in the United States, by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

 

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Did China Give These AWESOME Olympics 2022 Gifts?!

Did China give Olympics 2022 athletes AWESOME gifts like Samsung gadgets, and a personalised necklace?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-02-12 : Added the actual price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Olympic Edition, and other updates.
Originally posted @ 2022-02-07

 

Claim : China Gave Olympics 2022 Athletes These AWESOME Gifts!

This video and message are going viral on WhatsApp, claiming to show the awesome gifts that China gave Olympic Games 2022 athletes.

A total of 2,925 athletes participated in the Winter Olympics. The country has prepared a gift bag for every athlete, which contains the latest Samsung mobile phone worth $7999, sports headphones, a unique Winter Olympics necklace and ring, and a small quilt that is close to the body.

Foreign athletes are happy when they open the gift bag. Shout out Mamma Mia, resounding throughout the sports village. The cost of the Samsung phone is no more than $3k (marketing & profits accounting for more than half the listed price).

Product placement to the 3,000 Olympian influencers will cost about $9m. Compare that with a 30-second advert slot during the Superbowl for $6m a pop. If they give a Huawei the Western press would be terrified. 🌿

 

Truth : China Did NOT Give Olympics 2022 Athletes Those Awesome Gifts!

This is yet another example of pro-China fake news circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Taken By Petra Nieminen

The video was misappropriated by the fake news creator, probably because it has the comment – Beijing 2022 gifts for athletes.

This video was actually taken by Petra Nieminen, a hockey player from Finland, who was showing off the free gifts she received since arriving in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Fact #2 : Gifts Not Prepared, Nor Given By China

The gifts Petra showed in the video were neither prepared, nor sponsored, by China – the host country for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Samsung is the worldwide sponsor of the Olympic Games, and it was they who gave the athletes the Galaxy Z Flip 3 Olympic Edition smartphone, and Galaxy Buds2 wireless earphones.

Incidentally, Samsung will also be giving them to athletes at the upcoming Paralympic Games!

The personalised necklace with the ring was given to the athletes by Lumoava – the official Olympic partner of the Finnish team.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Review : Darn Good Value!

Fact #3 : No Evidence Athletes Shouted Mamma Mia

There is no known report of any athlete shouting Mamma Mia on getting their gifts. It is also a silly claim since it’s an Italian expression.

Fact #4 : The Gifts Do Not Cost So Much

The fake news creator made up the value of these gifts, falsely claiming that the Samsung smartphone cost $7,999.

It’s likely a mistranslation from the original Chinese post, because the Galaxy Z Flip Olympic Edition smartphone costs ¥7,999 (about US$1,259 / £929 / RM5,269), while the Galaxy Buds2 cost US$149.

The personalised Lumoava Brilliance Pendant 4 necklace, which is engraved with the words “Olympic Team Finland Beijing 2022” costs €124 or about US$142.

Fact #5 : Lumoava Necklace Limited To Finnish Athletes

From what I understand, the Lumoava necklace was made specially for Finnish athletes, and was not given to athletes from other countries.

Teams from different countries received different gifts from their partners. For example, Team USA received gear from Skims, while Team Canada received special Lululemon gear.

Fact #6 : China Can Spy On Athletes Without HUAWEI Smartphones

The fake message mocked Western media for fearing HUAWEI smartphones. The truth is – China can spy on Olympic athletes without giving them HUAWEI smartphones.

All participants in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are required to install and use the My 2022 app, which ostensibly is used to keep everyone connected and informed about services, food, transportation, etc.

The problem is one cybersecurity researcher, Jonathan Scott, recently reverse-engineered the app, and found that it was capable of recording and sending audio to servers based in China.

It appears that Chinese netizens / 50 Cent Army are creating such fake news to cover up negative news reports of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Since arriving in Beijing, Olympic athletes from Germany, Belgium and Russia have complained about nightmarish conditions in their quarantine hotels – bad food, poor to no Internet connectivity, no access to training equipment, or even the ability to communicate with their own teams.

Whatever their reasons may be, there is no excuse for creating and spreading fake news. Help us fight their fake news by sharing this fact check!

 

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XOX Rewards #WiraMalaysia With RM315,000 Cash Prizes

Malaysians are justifiably proud of our athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Eight of our exceptional athletes returned home as heroes, with a total medal haul of four silver and one bronze medals.

In conjunction with the return of these #WiraMalaysia, XOX Mobile rewarded them with RM 315,000 in cash rewards. They also gave their hardworking coaches separate cash rewards to reward them for their great work that is often forgotten.

Check out the video we recorded during that event. We are all so proud of our #WiraMalaysia!

 

The #WiraMalaysia

The #WiraMalaysia were led by Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, the three-time Olympic silver medalist in the men’s badminton singles, and the world’s no. 1 badminton player. He is also XOX Mobile’s brand ambassador and among Malaysia’s most respected and well-loved sportsperson.

In recognition of his historic achievement, XOX Mobile rewarded him with RM60,000 in cash for his silver, and an additional RM50,000 for doing the brand proud as its brand ambassador. In total, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei received RM110,000 in cash rewards.

The badminton mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu-Ying, badminton men’s doubles pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, women’s synchronized 10m platform diving team of Cheong Jun Hoong and Pandelela Rinong all struck silver. They were joined by the PocketRocketMan, Azizulhasni Awang who achieved bronze in the men’s keirin cycling event.

The silver medalist pairs received a total of RM60,000 per pair, while bronze medalist Azizulhasni Awang, received RM25,000.

 

Why XOX Mobile Rewarded Them

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“As a Malaysian company, XOX Mobile shares in the nation’s pride in the achievement of these magnificent sporting heroes. This medal haul is historic, and paves the way for even more Malaysians to dedicate themselves to achieving sporting glory for the country. We are overjoyed to share in their success. Congratulations to these #WiraMalaysia, true Malaysian heroes!”

“All their performances were exceptional and showed the strength, determination, and sacrifice that was needed to succeed at this level. As we watched them, we were all united in our desire for them to do their very best for the country, and they did us proud! They will go down in history as Malaysian legends,” said XOX Berhad Chairman, Dato’ Seri Abdul Azim bin Mohd Zabidi.

“Their coaches played an integral part in shaping their success, and are as deserving of rewards. This is something that XOX Mobile recognizes. Success is a team effort. We will be rewarding these coaches separately, as we have stated in the past.”

 

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#stopatnothing For Dato’ Lee Chong Wei

At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, our very own Dato’ Lee Chong Wei will play for the gold medal.

 

#stopatnothing

You’ve won our hearts many a time, and in this faith we will support you in your Olympic dream. From here in Kuala Lumpur to Rio de Janeiro, we will echo your strength and determination to bring home the gold.

Together with Malaysians across the globe, Samsung Malaysia Electronics will stand firm with you in full support.

Pledge your support for Dato’ Lee Chong Wei on your social feeds via the hashtag #stopatnothing.

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The Samsung Galaxy Studio In Olympic Park Unveiled

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 9 August 2016Samsung Electronics, Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Olympic Park for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Fans and consumers are now able to demo Samsung’s latest wireless communications products and immersive technologies, including: new Samsung 4D kayaking VR experience that simulates exhilarating Olympic sports; a Galaxy S7 Rental program in which visitors can experience the Galaxy ecosystem; and the opportunity to collect exclusive Rio 2016-themed pins, among many other experiences.

The Galaxy Studio located within the Olympic Park was specifically designed to help fans embrace the excitement of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and celebrate the Olympic spirit, enabling them to create, capture and share their own experiences.

To complement the Samsung Galaxy Studio in the Olympic Park, two additional Galaxy Studios will be stationed in the Olympic Village and Main Press Centre (MPC); as well as several Galaxy Studios throughout local cities in Brazil to help expand the Olympic spirit to a wider audience.

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