The Guardian: Families of missing Uighurs use Tiktok video app to publicise China detentions. “Uighurs are sending out messages on social media video app Tiktok showing family members who have gone missing, in their latest attempt to raise awareness about the estimated 1 million Uighurs who have been detained in camps that have sprung up across China’s Xinjiang region.”
South China Morning Post: Chinese University to start public archive on Hong Kong protests to document the movement and preserve material for future study. “A Hong Kong university will set up a public archive to preserve footage, posts on popular forum LIHKG, and any materials related to the massive city protests against the now-abandoned extradition bill, the Post has learned.”
Engadget: Twitter bans advertising from state-controlled news outlets. “Twitter announced today that it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news outlets. Those accounts will still be able to use the platform, but not its advertising. The change comes after China’s state-backed media outlet Xinhua sponsored ads attacking Hong Kong protestors.”
Mashable: Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Chinese government . “Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts for running a state-sponsored propaganda campaign targeting Hong Kong protesters. Twitter says it suspended 936 accounts that were ‘deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong’ as well as 200,000 more ‘spammy’ accounts that were ‘proactively suspended before they were substantially active.'”
Xinhua: China’s national library goes digital to preserve ancient books. “The National Library of China has been digitizing its collection of antique books as a way of preserving and increasing the public accessibility, the China Culture Daily reported earlier this week. The library’s dedicated online database now has more than 32,000 sets of ancient books, accounting for over 60 percent of its total antique book collection, according to the report.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image. “While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. Apps such as Snapchat and others offer users photographic filters that change their look. In China, where Niu is originally from, apps similar to this are used even more heavily than they are in the United States.”
KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu. “The world’s most valuable startup ByteDance has started to recruit talent to build from scratch a general search engine for all internet users, the company announced via WeChat on Wednesday.” If you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck is ByteDance?” — It’s the parent company of TikTok.