China Blames Twitter Hack After Ambassador 'Liked' Foot Fetish Porn Tweet

China's U.K. embassy has suggested its ambassador's Twitter account was hacked after it 'liked' a foot fetish tweet this week.

Diplomatic officials have now called for an investigation into the incident, claiming posts that appeared to have been clicked by its ambassador Liu Xiaoming were the work of "anti-China elements" that used "despicable methods to deceive the public."

Screenshots of the offending Twitter posts, which have since been un-liked, have spread on the site over the past day after being shared by a human rights campaigner.

Alongside the adult content, a second post that showed up as 'liked' included an image taken from drone footage allegedly showing blindfolded Uighur Muslims.

Another, which included the terms "Free Hong Kong" and "Free the Uighurs," accused China of murdering its own citizens "without condemnation by the world."

Some Twitter users who claimed to have scoured Lui's likes on the platform suggested the U.K. ambassador's account had a long history of 'liking' unexpected content:

As social media chatter about the incident mounted, China's U.K. embassy released a statement denying the likes were by Liu, and urged the public not to speculate.

"Recently, some anti-China elements viciously attacked Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's Twitter account and employed despicable methods to deceive the public," it said.

"The Chinese Embassy strongly condemns such abominable behavior. The Embassy has reported this to Twitter company and urged the latter to make thorough investigations and handle this matter seriously. The Embassy reserves the right to take further actions and hope that the public will not believe or spread such rumor."

Twitter, which remains banned in China but is used by select government officials, has declined to comment about the possibility the account was hacked. It's possible to use the 'like' feature to bookmark posts, and can also be tapped by mistake.

In July, the social network was successfully targeted by bitcoin scammers who were able to compromise high-profile accounts including Elon Musk and Bill Gates.

According to its bio, Liu's account was created in October last year. It currently shows he has liked two posts, from 2019. The profile that originally posted the adult content remains active. Roughly translated, it's bio reads: "Beautiful legs in stockings."

Despite overwhelming evidence, information leaks and first-person accounts of trauma, the Chinese government has repeatedly denied detaining vast numbers of people inside high-security facilities against their will in the western region of Xinjiang.

The U.K. ambassador previously defended his country's human rights record during an interview with the BBC back in July, asserting that the Uighur people live in "peaceful and harmonious coexistence with other ethnic groups.

When confronted with evidence at the time, including a testimony from a woman who said she had suffered forced sterilization, Liu blamed "anti-China elements."

After the embassy statement was released, the diplomat did not directly mention the incident but tweeted a proverb: "A good anvil does not fear the hammer." His post has attracted hundreds of responses—including many pictures and videos of feet.

Liu Xiaoming
China's ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming passes a Union flag (L) and the national flag of China, as he arrives to speak to members of the media at the Chinese Embassy in London on February 6, 2020. TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty
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