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China’s anti LGBTIQ+ crackdown on university students



Chinese social platform Wechat is cracking down on LGBTIQ+ accounts run by university students

Chinese tech giant Wechat has deleted dozens of accounts belonging to Queer university students. The platform says the accounts”violated regulations on the management of accounts offering public information service on the Chinese internet”.

Reuters reports that several LGBTIQ+ students lost access to their accounts. They later found that the site had deleted all their content. One affected user told Reuters that the shutdown has caused massive suffering for the LGBTIQ+ community.

“They censored us without any warning. All of us have been wiped out,” they said.

China’s crackdown on LGBTIQ+ content

Although homosexuality is legal in China, the country doesn’t recognise same-sex marriage. It was classified as a ‘mental disorder’ in the country until 2001.

This comes after a court upheld a university’s description of homosexuality as a “psychological disorder” early this year.

The Cyberspace Administration of China recently pledged to ‘clean up the internet’. The aim of the move is to ‘protect minors’ from groups deemed a ‘bad influence’.

Weibo and Zhihu also have removed queer content

This comes after another Chinese social media company Weibo removed Lesbian content. The community board platform Zhihu also recently has censored discussions about gender identity.

Last year, China indefinitely cancelled the country’s only pride festival over ‘staff safety’ concerns.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Is the metaverse the future of social network?



U.S. firms like Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Microsoft are going all in on the metaverse. Meanwhile, Chinese companies appear to be taking a more cautious approach amid tighter regulation.

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Global metaverse race



China is looking to invest in the metaverse market as numerous cities rollout policy proposals.

Technology continues to change our lives forever.

As new advancements are released to the public—safety continues to be a major concern.

People are interacting with computers in a different way, with the word Metaverse becoming a buzzword in both the tech and business industries.

While the term, “metaverse” is broad, it refers to a set of digital spaces online—including 3D—that allows people to do many things from socializing and learning to interacting and collaborating.

Analysts say it’s the next evolution in social connection and the successor to the mobile internet.

According to Morgan Stanley, the metaverse market could be worth $8 trillion in the future.

China’s technology giants are investing in the metavese and recently, numerous Chinese cities have announced policy proposals to attract and support metaverse companies.

This comes after tense year of regulatory scrutiny on the countries tech sector.

The Chinese city of Zhengzhou recently announced a series of policy proposals to support metaverse companies operating in the region.

The initiative involves the municipal government establishing a nearly $1.5 billion dedicated fund in an effort to foster growth and development in the industry.

So, is the metaverse taking the world by storm?

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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