Last week, Twitter hired Kathy Chen to be its new head of China, despite the social network being blocked in the country.

But Chen’s former history working for the Chinese military has sent waves across the Twittersphere, especially among Chinese users who fear this means Twitter plans to start working closely with the Communist government, which has shown no hesitation in censoring online sentiment or issuing blanket bans on sites.

Google and its sites like Gmail and YouTube are blocked in the country, as are Facebook and Instagram, Dropbox, and publications like The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Economist, to name some.

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