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China’s anti LGBTIQ+ crackdown on university students

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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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Companies to pay extra for verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk has announced that companies and brands will have to pay $1,000 per month – plus an additional $50 per sub-account – to get verified check-marks on Twitter

The new pricing falls under the new Twitter Blue for Business service.

Within the next few months, only paying Twitter customers will have verified status.

Twitter has stacked on $12.5 billion in debt, and this move hopes to increase subscription revenue to meet Musk’s obligations.

Advertisers halted spending on Twitter after the takeover, but Twitter has since announced partnerships with two brand-safety vendors to win back marketers.

Musk also announced that Twitter would start sharing ad revenue with creators for “ads that appear in their reply threads”, but didn’t provide further detail.

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BMW to invest €800 million in Mexico

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BMW is set to invest €800 million in Mexico, to produce its next generation of high-voltage and fully electric batteries

 
The carmaker is looking to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030.

Construction will begin next year with production beginning in 2027.

The announcement follows several other major expansions from the automaker in recent months, including a $1.7 billion investment in the United States.

The move will add around 1,000 new jobs to its Mexico operations.

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Future Airplane Design

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What will the next generation of aircraft look like?

 
From the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flying.

Now, more than 100 years since the first flight, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to work out the future of flight.

This Ticker Original takes you behind the scenes as designers look to the future of flight. #aviation #boeing #aircraft

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