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I’m Getting Arrested – The App for Blacklisted China

As China is seeing a major crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars, some on China’s ‘blacklist’ trust the I’m Getting Arrested app to inform their circles in case they are arrested.

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As China is seeing a major crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars, some on China’s blacklist trust the I’m Getting Arrested app to inform their friends, family or legal team in case they suddenly get cuffs slapped on them.

The detainment and release of the five Chinese feminists dominated headlines earlier this year, stirring up international discussions on human rights in China. The women (Wei Tingting, Li Tingting, Wu Rongrong, Wang Man and Zheng Churan) were arrested on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” after planning a campaign against sexual harassment on public transport. Although they were eventually released, they are still under constant surveillance.

According to some voices, China is seeing “the worst crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars in decades”.

 

“If the police wants to stir up another international discussion, go ahead and arrest me.”

 

Women’s rights NGO Feminist’s Voice (女权之声) published an interview with Wang Zhang on its Weibo account. China-born Wang Zhang is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, who has participated in the Chinese feminist movement. In the interview, she shares her worries on China’s current situation: “If women are already being arrested when they are only raising awareness for a cause such as sexual harassment, then what can we expect in the future?”

When asked if she is currently on China’s “blacklist” (黑名单), she replies: “I am sure I’m on the blacklist. I’ve written about many things.” About going back to China, Dr. Wang Zhang says: “Of course, I can’t change my focus of research. I haven’t committed any crime, and I haven’t restricted my own civil rights. If the police wants to stir up another international discussion, then go ahead and arrest me.” Just in case, Zhang has downloaded an app for the occasion: “There is this app called I’m Getting Arrested. If I am taken away without any reason, I press this button and my friends worldwide will immediately know.”

I’m Getting Arrested is a practical Android app for activists who are arrested and have no time to inform their friends, family, media or legal contacts. It was inspired by an Occupy Wall Street incident in 2011. Users can set up who they want to reach and what they want to say after installing the app. When the arrest takes place, the user only has to push the button and all relevant contacts will be informed of the arrest, with an accompanying text and the location of the incident. The app was developed by Quadrant 2, and is free.

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Except for Occupy Wall Street, the app was also used by Egyptian activists.

China has a blacklist of those who “push the boundaries” of society or criticize the policies of the government, from intellectuals to activists or filmmakers.

The app is available on the Google app store, that is blocked in China, but also on the Chinese Baidu or 360 app store.

“In the past decades, I have not had problems returning to China yet,” Dr. Zhang says. But in case something happens, at least she has her app.

By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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“Taobao Life”: This Feature Shows How Much Money You’ve Spent on Taobao

Some users just found out they could’ve bought a house with the money they’ve spent on Taobao.

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Over the past few days, a new Taobao feature that allows users to see how much money they have spent on the online shopping platform is flooding Chinese social media.

Taobao Marketplace is China’s biggest online shopping platform. Owned by tech giant Alibaba, Taobao was launched in 2003 to facilitate consumer-to-consumer retail.

For many people, Taobao shopping has become part of their everyday life. Whether it is clothes, pet food, accessories, electronics, furniture – you name it, Taobao has it.

Because buying on Taobao is so easy, fast, and convenient, many online consumers lose track of how much they actually spent on the platform – especially if they have been using it for years already.

Thanks to “Taobao Life,” users can now see the total amount of money spent on their account.

How to do it? First: go to Taobao settings and click the profile account as indicated below.

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Then click the top icon that says “Achievement” (成就).

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And here you find what you have spent in this account in total. On the left: the money spent, on the right: the amount of purchases.

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Since I’ve used started using this Taobao account for the occasional clothes shopping since 2016, I’ve made 122 purchases, spending 7849 yuan ($1140) – a very reasonable amount compared to some other Taobao users, who are now finding out they could have practically bought an apartment with the money they have spent on Taobao.

This user, for example, found out they spent over half a million yuan on Taobao ($75,500).

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This user below has spent over 1,1 million yuan on Taobao ($170,000).

Some people discuss all the things they could have bought with the money they have spent on Taobao over the years: “As soon as I saw the number, I wanted to cry,” one Weibo user writes: “What have I done?!”

Another person, finding out they have spent 230,000 yuan on Taobao ($33,400), writes: “This can’t be true! Surely this must be a mistake!?”

“If I wouldn’t have spent all this money on Taobao, I would’ve been rich,” others say.

The topic of Taobao’s total spending amount has become so popular on Chinese social media this week, causing so much consternation, that Taobao posted a message on its Weibo account on July 27, writing: “We heard you guys couldn’t sleep last night..”

Although many people are shocked to find out the money they’ve spent on Taobao, others console themselves with the thought that adding up everything they have spent on Taobao, they were actually ‘rich’ at some point in their lives.

 

By Manya Koetse , with contributions from Miranda Barnes

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Summer Censorship: Weibo Launches “Project Sky Blue”

No hot summer on Weibo: the social media network announces extra censorship on ‘vulgar content.’

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Earlier this week, the administration of Sina Weibo announced a special summer holiday crackdown on “vulgar content,” including “pornographic novels, erotic anime, pictures or videos.”

In a public announcement that was posted on July 4th, the Weibo administration writes that the primary goal of this campaign is to “create a healthier, more positive environment for underage users” during the summer break period.

The censorship plan is titled “Project Deep Blue” (or: “Project Sky Blue”) (蔚蓝计划), and will use filter systems, human moderators and user reports to censor more content for the upcoming two months.

The project even has its own Weibo account now, where Weibo users can ask questions, report inappropriate content, and get more information on the campaign.

Weibo states it will further expand its team of online content supervisors, and also explicitly encourages netizens to flag ‘inappropriate’ content to make the online community ‘more wholesome.’

The hashtag #ProjectDeepBlue (#蔚蓝计划#) topped the hot search lists on Weibo this week; not necessarily because of the topic’s popularity, but because it was placed there by the social media site’s administration. At time of writing, the hashtag page has attracted more than 180 million views.

Online responses to the summer censorship program are mixed: many commenters voice their support for the latest measure, while others express frustration.

One Weibo user from Hubei calls the latest measure “hypocritical,” arguing that minors surf Weibo just as much during school time as during the summer holiday – suggesting that launching a special censorship program for the summer vacation does not make sense at all.

But many popular comments are in favor of the project, saying: “I support Project Deep Blue, the internet needs to be cleaned up,” and: “China’s young people need to be protected.”

This is not the first time Weibo launches a special intensified censorship program. Throughout the years, it has repeatedly carried out ‘anti-pornography‘ campaigns in cooperation with Chinese cyberspace authorities.

Often, the crusade against ‘vulgar’ content also ends up being used for the purpose of censoring political content rather than to actually eradicate ‘obscenities’ (read more).

By now, it seems that many Weibo users are quite actively using the Project Deep Blue tag to report on other users who are posting violent or vulgar content.

“If you’re not careful, you’re hit with vulgar and obscene content the moment you’re on the internet,” well-known mom blogger Humapanpan (@虎妈潘潘) writes: “Now that the summer holiday is coming, I hope we can join the Project Deep Blue, and clean up the internet environment.  Actively report obscene content the moment you see it – let’s protect our future together.”

By Skylar Xu & Manya Koetse

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