Xiaohongshu Account Blocked After Post On Tiananmen Anniversary

Xiaohongshu Account Blocked After Post On Tiananmen Anniversary

A social media account for a popular Chinese e-commerce site has been blocked after it issued a post on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • "Tell me loudly: what's the date today?" the account belonging to Xiaohongshu posted to microblogging platform Weibo.
  • The post to its 14 million followers was swiftly deleted.
  • The page has now been replaced by a message saying it is being investigated for violations of laws and regulations.
  • Xiaohongshu, backed by Chinese internet giants Alibaba and Tencent, has been described as China's Instagram with e-commerce and is mostly used by young, urban Chinese women.
  • Xiaohongshu regularly poses questions in its posts and has made similar posts to mark the weekend. The company has yet to comment publicly on the matter.

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