The BBC reported on the 7th that the social media account of Xiaohongshu, a famous Chinese e-commerce app, was blocked after posting a post on the microblog platform Weibo on the 4th, the anniversary of the Tiananmen incident in 1989.
Xiaohongshu’s 14 million followers, Weibo’s post was quickly deleted and replaced by a message that it was being investigated for violating laws and regulations.
Xiaohongshu has yet to comment publicly on the issue. As of the morning of the 7th, Xiaohongshu’s Weibo account was blocked, but Xiaohongshu’s app, which has an estimated 300 million users, is still working.
It is unclear whether Xiaohongshu’s post was intended to address the Tiananmen incident. A source familiar with the issue said the post had nothing to do with the anniversary of the Tiananmen incident. Xiaohongshu has regularly asked the same question on SNS, and the posting was only posted to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen incident.
Xiaohongshu, supported by Chinese Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent. Chinese has called it as China’s Instagram in the e-commerce sector. The users are mainly from young Chinese city women.
The name Xiaohongshu is like a small red book by the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution. It’s a collection of famous remarks by Mao Zedong, the father of the Communist Party of China.
China is responding very sensitively to curb efforts to commemorate the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. It has been calling for estimates of deaths ranging from hundreds to thousands on June 4, 1989.
In Hong Kong on the 4th, Vice President and pro-democracy activist Cho Wu Hang-tung was arrested for promoting illegal rallies. He has organized annual protests for victims of the Tiananmen crisis