Social Media Outrage Won’t Drive Social Change in China

Social Media Outrage Won’t Drive Social Change in China
A man uses his smartphone to film a large video screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of China's Communist Party at Tiananmen Square, July 1, 2021 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

A video depicting a chained woman in a dark shack in the Chinese city of Xuzhou went viral, racking up more than 1.9 billion views on Chinese social media. But the reaction by authorities to the video show how online outrage is often corralled and stripped of its more systemic critiques of the state.

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