- By Steve Smith
- December 23, 2021
Chinese Instagram account ‘Xiaohongshu’, a popular Chinese e-commerce app has been blocked after it posts on the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary.
Xiaohongshu posted on the microblogging platform Weibo “Tell me loudly: What’s the date today?
China swiftly deleted the Tiananmen anniversary post for its 14 million followers.
There was a message left on his Weibo page demonstrating that its post is being investigated for the violation of laws and regulations.
Xiaohongshu still hasn’t commented publicly on this matter. Its account on Weibo remained locked until Monday morning, but its app which has approximately 300 million users was still working.
It has still doubt that whether the post was intended to reference the Tiananmen Square crackdown. One person was familiar with the matter and he told that the post wasn’t linked with the Tiananmen anniversary.
Besides, Chinese internet giants, Alibaba and Tencent backed Xiaohongus and demonstrating as China’s Instagram with e-commerce and its users are mostly young, urban Chinese women.
It shares the same name in Chinese – Little Red Book – as the famous book of the father of Communist China – Mao Zedong.
Xiaohongshu social media posts pose as they are continuously questioning to mark the weekend.
Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary is highly sensitive in China, with the efforts of the ruling party to suppress the anniversary day, when Chinese military crushed the pro-democracy protests in Beijing on 4 June 1989.
On Friday, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Chou Hang Tung was arrested on charges of promoting unauthorized assembly. Ms. Zhou is vice president of the Hong Kong Alliance, which provides annual monitoring for crackdown victims.
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