An ice cream treat exposes the paradoxical nature of June 4th censorship in China

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A screenshot from Li Jiaqi’s censored live streaming via Twitter user @GFWfrog Austin Li Jiaqi, one of China’s social media top influencers, has vanished from all social media platforms since June 3 after his video live streaming on Taobao was taken down by Chinese web censors. Viewers were unsure about the censorship as the video featured Li innocuously advertising an ice cream treat. The abrupt censorship of the live stream immediately triggered a wave of discussion online as Chinese netizens debated what caused the controversy. Eventually, viewers realized it was the tank-shaped ice cream t…

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