China: Taobao, Weibo fined for illegal child content (BBC)

BBC: China: Taobao, Weibo fined for illegal child content. “China’s internet watchdog has ordered some of the country’s biggest online platforms to remove inappropriate child-related content. Kuaishou, Tencent’s messaging tool QQ, Alibaba’s Taobao and Weibo have been summoned by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). CAC says the platforms must ‘rectify’ and ‘clean up’ all illegal content and has fined them.”

CNN: TikTok, Biden administration agree to drop litigation over Trump-era app store ban

CNN: TikTok, Biden administration agree to drop litigation over Trump-era app store ban. “TikTok and the US government agreed on Wednesday to drop a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to ban the short-form video app from US app stores. In a filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the two sides said they had mutually agreed the suit should be dismissed.”

China floods: People unite on social media to help flood victims (BBC)

BBC: China floods: People unite on social media to help flood victims. “When news emerged that some trains were being stranded after rail lines had become submerged, people put together lists of each train number and the resources its passengers needed. Some put together text-only versions of critical contact lists, after discovering that people in some areas could not download images because heavy rains had affected internet speeds. People also helped to organise streams of information so that it was up-to-date and clear.”

Washington Post: China rejects WHO push for more investigation into covid origins in Wuhan

Washington Post: China rejects WHO push for more investigation into covid origins in Wuhan. “China said it will not accept the World Health Organization’s suggested plan for a second phase of investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, pointing to obstacles ahead for international efforts to determine the source of the pandemic. At a news conference on Thursday, Zeng Yixin, deputy head of China’s National Health Commission, fired back against WHO criticism of China’s level of cooperation, and said the U.N. agency’s proposed work plan did not respect science.”

Global Times: Chinese netizens offer advice to Indians on how to prevent deadly selfie accidents

Global Times: Chinese netizens offer advice to Indians on how to prevent deadly selfie accidents. “Has taking selfies become a deadly extreme sport? The answer is yes. On Monday, the news that more people have died while taking selfies in India than any other place around the world shocked Chinese netizens, who took to social media to provide tips on how to safely take memorable photos without putting one’s life in danger.”

ABC News: The social media sleuths obsessed with tracking China’s wandering elephants

ABC News (Australia): The social media sleuths obsessed with tracking China’s wandering elephants. “The elephants became an overnight internet sensation earlier this year and have been dominating people’s daily conversations in China. Millions of Chinese have expressed their fondness towards the herd online, with some watching the animals eating, napping and showering through 24/7 live streams and daily updates from state media.”

South China Morning Post: Popular science blogs disappear from WeChat, Weibo and Bilibili in Beijing’s latest internet content crackdown

South China Morning Post: Popular science blogs disappear from WeChat, Weibo and Bilibili in Beijing’s latest internet content crackdown. “Two popular science blogs in China were censored across social media platforms WeChat, Weibo and video-streaming site Bilibili, a surprising turn in Beijing’s escalating crackdown on internet content.”

South China Morning Post: China targets LGBT student organisations on social media in new wave of repression

South China Morning Post: China targets LGBT student organisations on social media in new wave of repression. “The WeChat accounts of dozens of LGBT student organisations across China were shut down permanently on Tuesday night in a sweeping wave of repression, sparking anger within the LGBT community. The accounts included those from top universities such as the Sex-Gender Study Community of Renmin University, Peking University ColorsWorld and the Shanghai-based Fudan University Zhihe Society.”

ABC News: Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader

ABC News: Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader. “A New Zealand academic says Twitter temporarily restricted her account after she mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady is an expert on China’s attempts to exert political influence around the world and has been an outspoken critic of its ruling Communist Party. Last week, she sent tweets poking fun at the party’s 100th anniversary celebrations.”

The Daily Beast: Trumpworld App Is Bankrolled by Fugitive Chinese Billionaire

The Daily Beast: Trumpworld App Is Bankrolled by Fugitive Chinese Billionaire. “On Thursday, [Jason] Miller announced the launch of ‘Gettr,’ a new social media app aimed at conservatives that promises to be ‘cancel-free.’ Trump fans wary of social media censorship on more prominent platforms like Twitter and Facebook started to sign up for the platform after Politico reported on the existence of the new site. What’s not made clear to Gettr’s new users, though, is that the site received initial funding from a foundation owned by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and his family.”