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    The New Yorker | Han Zhang | 2/7/20 | 15 min
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    • jeff
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      7 months ago

      I was surprised to read that the Chinese supreme court cleared the "rumor-mongers." Then again it's pretty disturbing that being a "rumor-monger" could be a crime in the first place. I wonder if the censorship system really was overrun or if it was a calculated, temporary loosening in order to release some pressure.

      • Alexa
        Scout
        7 months ago

        this thought process sounds so familiar, that whole "were they really being better people or just even more tricksy" what a world. It is really troubling being a rumor monger is a crime, it's interesting to see cracks in the system (maybe authentic, maybe not as you point out) but maybe it was a save face after the fact. I thought they just swept that stuff under the rug...

    • Alexa
      Scout
      7 months ago

      Fascinating look at censorship through the eyes of an epidemic.

      “Had the public heard this ‘rumor’ at the time, and, out of fear of sars, started to wear facial masks, sanitize themselves, and refrain from going to wildlife markets, it might have been beneficial for preventing and controlling the epidemic.”

      and this:

      “A healthy society shouldn’t have only one voice,” he told Caixin.

      Important to consider when governments, and in other areas platforms, are the judges of what gets to spread.