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Chinese blog panned for dissing Australian firefighters
A viral blog that attacked Australia’s failure to stop the months-long bush fires and implied Chinese firefighters were braver and more patriotic has stirred vigorous online debate. The post, published on China’s Facebook-like WeChat, contrasted the situation in Australia with China’s largest-ever wildfire, which lasted just under a month in 1987.  The article quickly racked up more than 23 million views, but was criticized by high-profile media commentators for insensitivity and using nationalism to generate cheap viral clicks. Friday’s article, titled “If it weren’t for the Australian bush fires, I would’ve never known that China was so powerful 33 years ago,” also suggested that Australia
Want to live to 120? These Chinese doctors are being investigated for trying
Scientists throughout human history have been on a neverending search for the elixir of life, but most of them didn’t have to deal with social media.   More than 20 traditional Chinese medicine doctors in southwestern China are being investigated over a “longevity drink” they developed. They claimed it could help people live to be 120 years old. Health authorities in Binyang county, in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, which borders Vietnam, said they would look into the case, Nanguo Morning Post reported on Monday. The case came to light after a photo of the doctors preparing a concoction in front of a banner for a “longevity drink” was widely circulated on Chinese social media over th
Live-streaming app ordered to compensate family of dead rooftopper
A Chinese live-streaming app has lost its appeal and was ordered to pay compensation after a “rooftopper” fell to his death while doing live-streaming from the top of a skyscraper.  Wu Yongning, known as China’s No 1 rooftopper, had more than one million followers on several live-streaming apps and had uploaded almost 300 videos of his daredevil stunts in which he scaled tall buildings without any safety equipment. Wu, who said he relied only on “martial arts training and careful planning,” plunged to his death from the top of the 62-story Huayuan Hua Center in the central Chinese city of Changsha during a live stream in November 2017. He was 26. In May, the Beijing Internet Court ruled that
Facebook vows to ‘protect’ Taiwan’s election from fake news
Facebook said on Tuesday that it would step up efforts to counter disinformation and state-backed influence operations ahead of the Taiwanese presidential election in January. While it does not control the self-ruled island, Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has sought its return to the mainland fold.  Taiwan’s authorities have reported an average of 30 million cross-border cyberattacks each month this year, with a sizeable number from the Chinese mainland suspected of trying to affect the result of the upcoming election. Facebook said its 35,000 worldwide staff will step up their efforts to check content and beef up security starting in mid-November, when the island’s presi
Hong Kong pop star Joey Yung slammed by Chinese fans for surgical mask selfie
A reality of 2019 is that surgical face masks have become ubiquitous across the world. They are commonly used for hygiene, avoiding pollution and, increasingly, fashion. Celebrities like British model Naomi Campbell went viral for her over-the-top airport routine (that involved face masks), while K-pop stars use it as a fashion statement. It can get tricky when the celebrity is from Hong Kong. Cantopop star Joey Yung Cho-yee donned a surgical mask right before a flight and posted a selfie. Mainland Chinese netizens subsequently slammed her for siding with the protest movement in Hong Kong. Facial masks have become a symbol of the anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, many of whom use the
The latest social media craze in China: watching North Koreans
China’s booming online video scene offers something for everyone: cute animals, cooking tutorials, quirky artwork and now, a glimpse into the world’s most reclusive country. Residents in China’s northeast near North Korea have gained legions of fans online by posting videos of North Koreans on the other side of the border.  On the popular video and live-streaming site Kuaishou, users have posted hundreds of videos of North Koreans walking on the road, shopping at markets, riding bicycles and even taking baths in the Yalu River that separates the two countries.  “We can film them because the river is quite narrow here,” a 34-year-old video host in the northeastern county of Changbai, which ov
Chinese influencer pays family of girl who died after copying stunt
A Chinese internet celebrity has agreed to pay compensation to a family whose teenage daughter died from injuries suffered in an explosion while trying to copy an internet stunt. Ms Yeah, also known as Office Xiaoye, has more than 8 million fans on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform. She rose to fame in 2017 and is best known for making elaborate meals at work using equipment improvised from whatever she finds in the office. The accident happened on August 22 when a 14-year-old, identified only as Zhezhe, and her 12-year-old friend, Xiaoyu, were imitating a popcorn-making trick performed by Ms Yeah, The Beijing News reported. The blast happened while the two girls were heating up alcohol
US comic wins fans with pro-China music videos
An American comedian known for musical parodies has shot to fame (in China) by uploading pro-China videos – including one in which he tells embattled tech firm Huawei to “cheer up” before he sings its advertising jingle. Bart Baker, 33, started posting videos of himself singing Chinese songs in English on social media platforms in China at the end of last year. Six months later, he has 10.5 million followers on Douyin – the Chinese short video app known as Tik Tok elsewhere – and 5 million on the Kuaishou platform. Baker said he planned to move to the country. “I am grateful for all the support I am getting in China,” said Baker, who is based in Los Angeles. “I cannot believe how positive t