China’s leading social media platform Wechat apparently censors several accounts operated by members of the LGBTQIA * community. This restricts important shelters.
A deletion campaign of dozen LGBTQIA * profiles on Wechat is currently causing a stir. The affected WechatGroups and channels were run by students from all over China and were part of the LGBTQIA * scene. Some of them were already several years old and were considered established retreats for many users. The LGBTQIA * community in China, which is still discriminated against, obtained information and content from book recommendations to resources for psychological counseling via the deleted groups.
It remains unclear whether the Chinese government is behind the removal of the accounts. The assumption is reasonable, however, since the communist party is increasingly acting in an authoritarian manner in dealing with government critics and the LGBTQIA * community. It wouldn’t be the first case of state censorship. The human rights organization Amnesty international reported last year: “Chinese and other tech companies operating outside of China blocked content that the government considered politically sensitive and expanded their censorship standards internationally.” Amnesty also criticizes the government’s ignorance of public calls for same-sex marriage in China is still not allowed. The human rights situation for the LGBTQIA * community in China is deteriorating rapidly: Last year, the most important major event of the community, the Pride Parade, was canceled at short notice, and activists have to endure constant harassment.
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