Netizens can exchange shopping and travel advice on the Xiaohongshu platform. A message was released on June 4, thirty-two years after the bloody suppression of Tiananmen Square, asking “what day is today?”.
The very popular Chinese application Xiaohongshu usually has 14 million followers. Its account was blocked on the social network Weibo on Monday, June 7th because of the daring to ask questions on Friday. “What day is today? “, At 32electronic Tiananmen Square Massacre Remembrance Day.
Friday coincides with June 4, a taboo date in China since the bloody suppression of peaceful democratic protests in Beijing’s huge Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, which caused hundreds of people or more. “A thousand people died. The Communist regime never apologized for its decision. For thirty-two years, Beijing has been on the contrary, trying to erase the memory of repression. At best, many young people have a vague concept of the incident.
Xiaohongshu, a platform where Internet users can exchange shopping or travel advice, posted a message on Weibo on Friday, equivalent to China’s Twitter, saying “Who can remind me loudly what’s the date today?” It is not certain whether the news must refer to the Tiananmen Square incident: In the past, Xiaohongshu broadcast similar news on Friday, suggesting that the weekend is approaching.
On Monday, there was no Xiaohongshu account on Weibo.Instead, the subscriber can read that the account has been deleted “Tracking complaints of violations of laws and regulations”. Xiaohongshu could not be reached to comment on this post. The name of the app is reminiscent of the famous “Little Red Book” by former Chairman Mao Zedong (1949-1976), with more than 300 million users.
On Friday, users of the popular WeChat app could no longer use the lighted candle emoji, which can be seen as a tribute to the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. China bans any activities to commemorate June 4, and the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong was the only place that China can tolerate until last year.