You don’t need to check the “early life” section to figure out what this is
In China, there is a total crisis, where private companies are organizing to remove content that they find to be politically inappropriate.
This is yet another reason it’s high time the US military opened fire on these chinks. They hate freedom.
China’s feminist movement has been facing another wave of crackdowns, with dozens of social media accounts run by feminist activists abruptly shut down in recent weeks.
The accounts have been removed from the popular micro-blogging site Weibo, as well as the online platform Douban, which claim the suspended accounts contain “extreme and ideological content.”
It all began with a post shared by prominent Chinese feminist activist Xiao Meili on Weibo in March. In the post, Xiao recounted how she tried to stop a customer from smoking inside a hotpot shop, but the man became agitated and threw a cup of hot liquid at her and her friends.
She uploaded the videos and wrote about the incident. While she reached a private settlement with the customer, she began to receive threatening messages on Weibo, with many including personal attacks.
She was even accused of being supportive of “Hong Kong independence,” which she blatantly denied. However, Weibo still decided to remove her account and online channel.
It sounds like there’s a mob of anti-feminists on these private social media outlets which try to enforce a doctrine which lines up with that of the state.
This… this is pure evil.
More feminists’ accounts removed
Following the removal of Xiao’s account, several Chinese feminists came to her defence on Weibo, and soon, their accounts were also removed from the social media platform.
On April 13, activist Liang Xiaowen issued a public statement, detailing how she has received hundreds of messages on Weibo that contain personal “vicious and anti-women” attacks.
“While I didn’t post any content that violated Weibo’s community rules, my account was removed after other users harassed and reported my account,” Liang wrote in the public statement.
Liang revealed she has since filed a civil lawsuit against Weibo, demanding the company restore her account on the platform.
Let me guess – the lawsuit isn’t going to go anywhere, because the Chinese government is going to say that private companies have a right to choose who they do business with.
In the name of freedom, it is time for the US military to start charging their lasers.
“More than 20 feminists’ Weibo accounts have been removed and the number keeps growing,” she wrote in an open letter.
“Douban has also shut down several feminist groups. The online space that Chinese women worked hard to create has been ruthlessly shut down.”
In a statement, Weibo claimed the accounts of Liang Xiaowen and other Chinese feminists were removed after the platform received complaints from users regarding posts containing “illegal and harmful information.”
Weibo reiterated that it is an open platform, which tolerates different opinions. However, it stressed that users should not incite antagonism between groups or promote a boycott culture.
‘No feminist-friendly social media platforms in China’
Lu Pin, a prominent Chinese feminist, has also been targeted by the latest crackdown.
She said that while it is hard to determine whether their accounts were removed because of orders from Beijing, it is clear that there are no feminist-friendly social media platforms in China.
“Even though these social media platforms’ operations and revenues rely heavily on female users, they still keep cracking down on feminist perspectives and discussions,” Lu told DW.
“While feminists won’t simply disappear following the latest crackdown, I believe the goal of this campaign is to make it harder for feminists to gather online,” she added.
She admits that it will now become harder for women to gather their voices when experiencing difficulties or injustice.
“This is one of the scary aspects of blocking feminist accounts on social media,” Lu said. “Even though most feminists know how to use the internet, the move will further weaken the feminist movement’s momentum in China.”
Wang Yaqiu, China researcher at Human Rights Watch, points out that the attack on feminism over the last few weeks shows “there are no enclaves of any kind of civil society activism” in China.
“Until very recently, you could still see vibrant discussion on women’s rights issues online in China,” Wang told DW.
“Now even that’s gone. I think it really shows there are no enclaves of any kind of civil society activism. It’s very sad.”
Private companies… using their power to deplatform ideas.
It’s one thing that the German media is reporting on this, but will Germany take it to the next level: will they launch a land invasion of China to enforce the values of free expression?
Lu Pin said social media platforms in China believe the Chinese government thinks it’s necessary to remove Chinese feminists’ accounts.
“They are doing this out of their need to survive in China, and they don’t need to pay any price for doing so,” she told DW. “The social media platforms are siding with those in power, which is why they are willing to launch the crackdown.”
The government pressuring private companies, while the private companies themselves fall back on libertarian principles?
This is an outrage beyond any other outrage.
There is only one solution to this, and it is a ground invasion of China.
There has to be a regime change in China so as to allow unfettered free expression on privately-owned social media companies.
This is the purest values of the Western world, it is who we are, and when other countries violate these principles – it’s curtains for them.