China internet: Top talking points of 2019 and how they evaded the censors
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    China internet: Top talking points of 2019 and how they evaded the censors

    This year, China has seen a reignited #MeToo movement, young people have challenged unethical working hours, and the nation has united in concern against the aggressive rollout of AI technologies.To get more chinese news, you can visit shine news official website.
    But the government has also promoted its own interests related to the environment, the business sector, and of course, in Hong Kong.In the last six months, this one topic has dominated news coverage on social media platforms both inside and outside mainland China.
    In fact the large-scale Hong Kong protests, which attracted international media attention in early June, led to the word "Hong Kong" initially becoming a censored search term on 9 June. When the protests first began, the Beijing government censored any reference to them, but after it became clear they wouldn't go away, official media mounted a heavy media campaign to portray the demonstrations as violent with "shades of terrorism".
    Hashtags including #SupportTheHongKongPolice and #ProtectHongKong were aggressively rolled out by government media on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo.
    In contrast, on Twitter and Instagram, protestors used the hashtag #FightForFreedomStandWithHK and #GloryToHongKong - slogans that have subsequently become associated with the demonstrations.
    Ahead of China rolling out a controversial social credit system in 2020, as a means of assessing citizens' economic and social reputation, one phrase has repeatedly cropped up: the need for more "civilised behaviours".
    The Beijing government has left it to regions to determine how they implement this, and as a result, a number of regulations encouraging citizens to be "civilised" have come into effect around the country, but have also left people scratching their heads.
    In July, the eastern Chinese city of Jinan banned topless men and the "Beijing bikini": the habit of men exposing their bellies by rolling up their shirt.
    In May, the capital targeted manspreading and eating on the subway, and eastern Nanjing has warned jaywalkers - pedestrians who cross the road at a red light - that their social credit could be impacted if they failed to wait for the little green man..China's development of artificial intelligence technologies has rocketed this year, but online topics related to the rise of facial recognition technologies have raised eyebrows and ignited a lot of concern online.
    Early in the year, payment service Alipay extensively worked with retail stores to enable consumers to buy products using facial recognition. But by July, it announced that it was adding beauty filters to facial scan payment devices, noting that the majority of consumers were not comfortable with the technology, and hated seeing their face to pay.
    Facial recognition has been mocked for its imperfections. In May, a security camera wrongly identified a man scratching his face as taking a phone call.
    And there have been a string of controversies related to platforms being unnecessarily intrusive when collecting consumers' facial data.

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