Why Does WeChat Block Competitors, While Facebook Doesn’t?

Article originally appears in Walkthechat On Tuesday 15th of January, WeChat blocked 3 competing Apps on their launch day: Liantianbao (聊天宝) – formerly called Bullet Messenger, Duoshan (多闪) – launched by Tencent’s archenemy ByteDance, and Matong MT (马桶MT) – launched by Ringo.AI. Is this approach to … Continue readingWhy Does WeChat Block Competitors, While Facebook Doesn’t?

Reporting Blurred Men’s Earrings on Video Site iQiyi Draws Criticism

article originally appears in Sixthtone A popular Chinese video-streaming site has become the subject of fierce criticism online for censoring a fashion accessory: men’s earrings. Netizens have voiced their anger after the earrings of several male celebrities were blurred in shows streaming on iQiyi. Images … Continue readingReporting Blurred Men’s Earrings on Video Site iQiyi Draws Criticism

Shamanic Rituals and Shaking Shoes: Here’s What Censors Are Looking For on China’s Short Video Apps

Article originally appeared in RADII The multi-faceted Chinese censorship machinery has been on a major internet sweep for a little while now — plenty of background on that here — yet one of the more contentious areas of focus has been online video content, due in part to … Continue readingShamanic Rituals and Shaking Shoes: Here’s What Censors Are Looking For on China’s Short Video Apps