How China Got an American Fired for Liking a Tweet

Breitbart: More details about the American employee of Marriott International who lost his job for violating China’s authoritarian speech codes are coming to light.

The Wall Street Journal revealed over the weekend that the man who lost his livelihood to China’s “sharp power” is a 49-year-old named Roy Jones. He was earning $14 an hour working the night shift at a social media job in Omaha, Nebraska, when he clicked “like” on a tweet and enraged the tyrants of Beijing.

The tweet in question came from a group called “Friends of Tibet,” which the Chinese government considers an unacceptable Tibetan separatist group. They were somewhat sarcastically thanking Marriott for listing Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as separate countries in a menu selection on one of their websites:

China launched a crackdown against international companies perceived as threatening its territorial claims by treating semi-autonomous and disputed areas as if they were independent countries, even if it was done in the most offhand and careless manner. Marriott was targeted for the very same website menu that pleased the Friends of Tibet. Jones using Marriott’s Twitter account to “like” the Friends of Tibet tweet was seen as a further insult.

The Chinese government took punitive action against Marriott by essentially shutting down reservations at its 300 hotels in China for a week. Marriott made fulsome apologies and promised to change the website that referred to Tibet and other areas as separate countries.

The most alarming twist in the story is that Chinese authorities ordered Marriott to “seriously deal with the people responsible.” The hotel chain obeyed by completely shutting down its social media accounts for a week—all of them, not just its accounts in China—and ultimately causing Jones to lose his job.

Jones said he did not understand the geopolitical context of the tweet he liked, and there were no company policies in place to guide him. He saw it as just one of hundreds of tweets he reviewed in a typical night’s work, his job being essentially to find posts that said nice things about Marriott International and hit “like” on them to build the company’s social media presence.  MORE HERE

12 Comments on How China Got an American Fired for Liking a Tweet

  1. F.U.China. Stick to making fake plastic rice, melamine tainted baby formula and toxic drywall. Its what you’re good at.

  2. I worked with a guy from Mainland China.
    Nice guy. Very smart. Spoke fluent Chinese of course, but also fluent and complex English.
    But when Taiwan came up, he got very serious.
    “No compromise. Taiwan is Chinese Kingdom. The 19th Prefecture.”
    When we end up in a war with China, it will be over Taiwan.
    And there are thousands of Chinese citizens in important positions across many companies that will side with China.

  3. I wonder if ICE might have more pressing duties than approving entry of everyone from The PRC for, oh I don’t know, maybe a week?

  4. Mr.

    We hear often of the Ugly American but when do the Ugly Chinese get their own sobriquet?

    China Numbah One! But they have to tell us in Engrish.

    They want war because they haven’t seen a real one in 75 years.

    The question is will history frown on the American businesses that laid up with the New Nazis long after their intentions were known.

  5. My nephew worked for a company that built a factory in China. He was sent there many times to get it set up and train the workers. He kept having to be sent back because they had so much problems with the product they received.

    He told me that they were nice to his face and acted like they appreciated his help and showing them how to do things, but the minute he left, they went back to doing it they way they wanted. He tried to get his boss to do something about it, because the product they got couldn’t be used. His boss ignored him (I think the guy was getting payback to not make waves).

    My nephew quit after a few years of frustration.

  6. Claudia,

    I’m reminded of the “Chinchester” Norinco made a clone of the Winchester 97 that after a number of reincarnations was finally was good enough to function out of the box without a gunsmith going over it. Many trips to China by US workers to finally get it squared away including the use of better steel proper fitting and hardening techniques. Primary use was for the “cowboy shooters” of SASS.

  7. When some companies won’t support the 2nd Amendment should anyone be surprised that other companies won’t support the 1st Amendment ?

    In a country that increasingly has many citizens who don’t value the citizenship of the country, by not demanding the borders be defended and allowing non citizens to vote, it also won’t defend freedom & the restrictions on government power that safeguard that freedom. A company caving to thuggary by another country will cave to thuggery by their own country.

  8. @Claudia

    I bought a Norinco 1911 NiB in the summer of ’92 – that knockoff turd began FTF on the SECOND mag of HARDBALL! I couldn’t dump that POS fast ENOUGH!!! :yuck:

  9. I’ve got a Norinco 1911, same as above. Gutted it for the frame and it shoots great with Wilson Combat internals. You should have kept it.


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