For those of you in the West, governments deleting social media posts, removing articles and blocking searches is a very foreign concept. In China, this is how things are done.
As for our industry, this type of action should help you understand the mentality and tactics of Hikvision, a Chinese government subsidiary, who simply cannot fathom that people would be allowed to publicly criticize them.
auto mechanic Yang Qingsong used an expletive in a WeChat post to question the intelligence of police for doing checks in the rain. Police detained Mr. Yang for five days, saying his post to a group with 241 people “created negative social effects,” according to an account of the incident the police posted on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.
Software employed by WeChat appears to automatically scrub posts containing words on a blacklist, which is continually amended by human censors, according to Citizen Lab. The technology has now advanced to identify images deemed sensitive, which are then removed during transmission without the sender being alerted to the disruption.
After he called President Xi Jinping a “baozi”—a steamed dumpling—in one WeChat post, and Chairman Mao a “bandit” in another, Mr. Wang was arrested, court records say. A local court in April sentenced him to two years in prison, a term that was reduced to 22 months after a retrial last month.
Criticize China and face a serious risk of going to jail
Government-owned companies like Hikvision come from an environment, therefore, were criticism is simply not tolerated and can easily be stopped
Whatever individual Americans think or hope, the thankful reality is that we have a well established, rule of law that prevents the government or government officials from arresting people who criticize the government.
Sharp power wraps all that up in something altogether more sinister. It seeks to penetrate and subvert politics, media and academia, surreptitiously promoting a positive image of the country, and misrepresenting and distorting information to suppress dissent and debate.
Hikvision's tactics with the security media are right out of the Chinese government's playbook.
Other companies are having similar headaches. An electronics parts maker in Beijing has been blocked from a server in Japan, denying it access to customer data. A food maker in Shanghai has been cut off from the company intranet. A different service-industry company in Beijing can't get into the head office's information system, forcing it to rely on data stored locally. An autoparts maker in Hubei Province found out its email no longer reaches some recipients.
State-run telecoms such as China Telecom and China Unicom are pitching dedicated lines, touting higher transmission speeds that they say can make business more efficient. But there are obvious problems with this. Authorities can intercept communications or steal data from dedicated lines
Not only is this censorship, it helps undermine foreign competitors to Chinese companies.
An eye roll is causing a sensation inside of China and more censorship.
The Chinese reporter's eye-roll costs her her media accreditation to cover the communist party's meeting. Her personal Weibo page was taken down and search results of her name were censored. This is the real face of China with Xi Jinping characteristics!https://t.co/SL3vvl0pe4pic.twitter.com/4ce2oAYMPj
"China's internet is fully open. We welcome internet enterprises from all over the world to provide good information to the netizens of China."
"However, state cyber sovereignty rights shall be maintained towards some overseas websites violating China's laws and regulations, spreading rumours, pornographic information, gambling, violent terrorism and some other illegal harmful information which will endanger state security and damage national pride."
China is now censoring business news, specifically negative reports about the Chinese economy, per the FT:
Chinese propaganda officials over the past few months have handed down instructions not to changshuai — bad mouth — the economy, according to a dozen journalists and editors at influential Chinese publications who spoke anonymously to the FT.
Topics such as consumers cutting back on spending, local governments struggling with debt repayments, lay-offs by bankrupt private companies and inefficiency at state-owned companies are increasingly off-limits, according to media staff.
Users of China’s hugely popular social-media app WeChat know it well: the big red dot.
The dot lets them know the news article they want to read is no longer available. It says the link is suspected of phishing or malware and has been blocked, but in reality the dot often appears when the Chinese government doesn’t want a story seen.
But immigrants from China who still use WeChat in Canada to get their news noticed the red dot appeared when things weren’t looking good for Meng. Arrested, in legal limbo and the subject of worldwide attention, it looked as though she could be spending the next few months in custody.
Amazing that the Chinese government censorship impacts people using the app in Canada.
One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation.
Their offense: posting on Twitter.
The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining a growing number of Twitter users even though the social media platform is blocked in China and the vast majority of people in the country cannot see it.
Beijing has shut down 110,000 social media accounts for spreading harmful information in line with China's enhanced efforts to "cleanse the country's cyber environment."
Some 496,000 articles had also been removed as of December 18 after Beijing's cyberspace affairs office met with various social media platforms located in the city, according to a statement released on Tuesday on the office's WeChat account.
After weeks of Chinese media describing the Hong Kong protesters as rioters and terrorists, mainland commentators reacted poorly to news that Lam had withdrawn the bill. Thousands of comments criticizing her decision have been deleted from Chinese social media, in line with the common practice of censoring dissent. Other commenters are already asking what could be a threatening question for the Chinese Communist Party: “If Hong Kongers can get what they want by protesting, why can’t we?”
The editor of the Chinese state-runGlobal Timesnewspaper made a rare departure from his loyalist views on Wednesday, complaining that the country’s strict internet control was “over the top” and made his job harder.
“As the National Day nears, it’s extremely difficult to visit foreign websites,” Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief ofGlobal Times, wrote on the Chinese social media site Weibo.
The screen went black just before 9 p.m. ET after PBS moderator Judy Woodruff asked Mayor Pete Buttigieg if the US should boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics over China's alleged mass detention of its Uyghur citizens.
The feed from the PBS/Politico debate in Los Angeles remained cut for about nine minutes while candidates were asked about a range of China issues, including the Hong Kong protests and military tensions in the South China Sea.
"The German player Ozil posted an extreme statement about China on social media," [Game maker] NetEase said on Chinese social media site Weibo. "The speech hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sports spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept or forgive this!"
A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States
Chinese police are tracking down and silencing Twitter users who post content critical of the Chinese government — even from abroad.
Also, Twitter is banned in China.
Below is the image that the student is alleged to have posted:
The upper right is "I don't see the sky falling" which was evidently viewed as mocking the CCP. The character shown is Lawrence Limburger, an "alien from the planet Plutark. The Plutarkians solely concentrate on conquering other planets, strip-mining them for all their natural resources and move on to the next planet."
Two state media reporters told the Journal they had received orders from China’s propaganda ministry not to report on her victory, despite what they described as her status as a Chinese national, because of “previous public opinion.”...
Ms. Zhao experienced a Chinese social-media assault of her own earlier this year after her win at the Golden Globes in March. Initially jubilant about her success on the world stage, Chinese social-media sentiment turned bitter after users circulated a 2013 interview with Filmmaker magazine in which Ms. Zhao made a reference to China, calling it a place she had grown up in “where there are lies everywhere.”
Young Chinese fed up with gruelling work hours, conspicuous consumption and skyrocketing house prices are protesting by doing the bare minimum
The movement’s roots can be traced back to an obscure internet post called “lying flat is justice”
Although the original post has been scrubbed from the internet by censors, copies have spread quickly online, sparking lively discussion and videos that have garnered millions of views each.
In recent weeks, the authorities have unleashed celebrities and state-run media to attack the movement. Social media chat groups have been blocked for talking about how to participate. [emphasis added]
“It’s too bitter and too tough being a Chinese private entrepreneur,” wrote the daughter, Zhang Jianhang, saying a government takeover would ensure the company’s employees and partners “no longer live in fear.”
The letter caused a stir on Chinese social media. “The survival of private enterprises is becoming increasingly difficult,” Huang Yingsheng, a former judge unconnected to the case, wrote in an online post that has since been blocked by censors. “I hope that the current situation, in which ‘entrepreneurs are either in jail or on their way to jail,’ can soon change!” [emphasis added]