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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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Big tech stocks tumble amid market uncertainty



Big tech companies are struggling in the markets this quarter as interest rates rise to battle inflation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devalued tech stocks causing further supply chain disruptions and sending the broad S&P 500 index down about 5 per cent.

Rising interest rates triggered more severe plummets with the S&P dropping another 16 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite index by 22 per cent.

Tesla’s stock took a huge hit sinking to nearly 38 per cent its largest decline since 2010.

Amazon saw similar results falling by 35 per cent the most in over 20 years.

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Google to pay millions to app developers



App developers are accusing Google of tempting users into making in-app purchases.

The lawsuit relates to money that was made by app creators for Android smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco court, where the 48,000 app developers are believed to have been affected.

“Following our win against Apple for similar conduct, we think this pair of settlements sends a strong message to big tech: the law is watching, and even the most powerful companies in the world are accountable when they stifle competition.”

Steve Berman, ATTORNEY FOR the Android developers.

Google says the settlement’s funds will support developers who have made less than USD $2 million in revenue between 2016 and 2021.

“A vast majority of U.S. developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” the company says.

Google says it will charge developers a 15 per cent commission on their first million in revenue.

The court is yet to approve the proposed settlement.

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