Xiaohongshu social media account blocked

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Popular Chinese e-commerce app Xiaohongshu has been blocked after it issued a post on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

It had posted “Tell me loudly: what’s the date today?”

Some online searches said the account was unavailable “due to complaints of violations of laws and regulations and the relevant provisions of the Weibo Community Convention”. Its account on Weibo remained locked, but the app – which has an estimated 300 million users – was still working.

It shares the same name in Chinese – Little Red Book – as the famous book of quotations by Mao Zedong, the father of Communist China.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Chow Hang Tung has been arrested for encouraging unauthorized gatherings. Ms. Chow is vice president of the Hong Kong Alliance, which organizes annual vigils for victims of repression.