Twitter itself said it had recorded over 11 million tweets featuring the hashtag over the past year, peaking in April 2020 (its first appearance) and again in February 2021 (when the Myanmar coup happened).
This isn’t the first time that the social media platform has (at least tacitly) thrown its support towards social or political movements. It also designed special emojis for #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter.
And it has little to lose too – Twitter has been blocked in China for years, unlike in other authoritarian countries like Russia, where it has shown some (probably grudging) cooperation with authorities. Unsurprisingly, Beijing isn’t a fan of the #MilkTeaAlliance, accusing it of consistently holding anti-China positions and being “full of biases” against the country, BBC said citing a Bloomberg report.