Nov. 12 (UPI) — The World Well being Group allegedly blocked the phrase “Taiwan” from its Fb web page throughout a stay video broadcast on the social media platform, Taiwanese politicians say.

Hong Kong’s Apple Each day reported Thursday in the course of the 73rd session of the World Well being Meeting on Wednesday the WHO, which has drawn criticism for not doing extra to stress China within the early phases of COVID-19, had blocked a message in the course of the broadcast that learn, “Taiwan may help.”

The WHO has excluded Taiwan following complaints from China. From 2009 to 2016 Taiwan attended the WHA as an observer. China had allowed for Taiwanese participation at a time when the 2 sides loved friendlier ties underneath Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, in accordance with Taiwan-based Information Lens Worldwide on Thursday.

Taiwanese lawmaker Chen Po-wei confirmed “Taiwan” was blocked from feedback in the course of the Fb streaming occasion. Customers who entered the time period obtained an “Unable to publish remark” message, Taiwan Information reported Thursday.

Commenters additionally tried to bypass censors, by typing Taiwan with house between every letter, and writing “Taiwancanhelp.” These phrases have been accepted however then quickly blocked, in accordance with Taiwan Information.

Taiwan’s consultant to the USA Hsiao Bi-khim mentioned Thursday on Twitter each the WHO and Fb must be held accountable for blocking the messages.

“It might be an outrage to see the WHO and Fb teaming as much as do China’s soiled work of censoring the success story within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19,” Hsiao mentioned.

Hsiao later tweeted the WHO Fb account had eliminated the Taiwan filter.

“I hope they are going to perceive that denying Taiwan the chance to be included is a loss for the group when all efforts are wanted to fight the pandemic,” she mentioned.

Taiwan holds one of many lowest numbers of coronavirus deaths on the planet, and has been championed as a world exemplar for its swift response to the pandemic.