As hundreds of thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong’s streets against unpopular China-backed extradition legislation, another battle is unfolding across Beijing’s Great Firewall. Photos and information about the biggest protests since the handover of the former British colony are being systematically wiped from China’s internet. Meanwhile, Chinese state media is pushing a narrative blaming the protest movement on U.S. interference.
On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, posts voicing support for Hong Kong protesters have been removed since the demonstrations kicked off last weekend — leaving mostly Chinese media editorials on hostile foreign players trying to meddle in Chinese affairs. While WeChat users outside the mainland could share photos and comments about the protests on the popular messaging app, their contacts within the Firewall of China generally failed to see the posts.
Typing “Hong Kong” into China’s largest search engine, Baidu, fails to produce news on protests that brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets. Censors have even taken note of the songs sung by demonstrators: “Do you Hear The People Sing,” a protest anthem from the musical “Les Miserables,” has been wiped from Tencent’s QQ Music streaming service.
This tweet from the CPC foghorn is a classic:
And I thought the Huawei meme was a joke!
With each passing day, truth in the Chinese Communist Party led nation looks more like that of the USSR.