After the Tiananmen Square Incident, China’s Xiaohongshu social media account went dark

[Beijing]The social media account of China’s popular e-commerce site “Xiaohongshu” became unavailable on Sunday after posting on Friday, June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989. Square, a very sensitive date in China.

According to a screenshot seen by Reuters, the post posted on Friday to a Weibo account like Twitter in China said, “Speak out loud. What’s your date today?” The post was quickly deleted by Mr. Xiao Hongshu, according to people familiar with the matter, but he said it on condition of anonymity because of his sensitivity to the matter.

A search on Weibo for the official account of Xiaohongshu did not give any results on Sunday, but the proprietary app seemed to work fine. Some online searches said that the account was not available “due to complaints of violating laws, regulations, and related provisions of the Weibo Community Code.”

Backed by Chinese internet giants Alibaba and Tencent, the company asked for comment on Sunday but didn’t respond immediately.

China’s Internet regulator, China’s Cyberspace Administration, was unable to solicit comments on Sunday, and Sina Weibo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Information reported in March that the site was considering an initial public offering in the United States.

Xiaohongshu’s Weibo account frequently asks questions as part of regular user engagement.

From Beijing Newsroom

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