Brookings Institution: Video game censorship is authoritarians’ latest tool to muzzle speech

Brookings Institution: Video game censorship is authoritarians’ latest tool to muzzle speech. “In October of 2019, the professional esports player known as ‘Blitzchung’ was being interviewed on a livestream discussing a match he had just won in Taiwan as part of a tournament for the game Hearthstone. Wearing a gas mask and goggles and speaking to the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream, Blitzchung repeated a popular slogan of protesters in Hong Kong who had recently taken to the streets to protest China undermining the island’s independence: ‘Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time.’ Blitzchung, whose real name is Ng Wai Chung and who hails from Hong Kong, quickly found himself in the crosshairs of Activision Blizzard, the company behind Hearthstone.”

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