China’s influencer crackdown, and covid’s origins

No one could have imagined how quickly China’s three most powerful influencers would fall. On June 3, Austin Lee, a 30-year-old live-streamer with more than 60 million followers, abruptly cut off a live stream after a tank-shaped ice cream dessert appeared on the screen. When he later posted that it was due to “technical difficulties”, most people triggered it as a government censor who interpreted it as a reference to the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Lee is not known to have been arrested, and his account remains active, but he has not streamed or posted on social media since. Fans doubt it will be allowed to stream again.

Live-streaming e-commerce in China is a huge industry worth over $ 180 billion. Influentials like Lee have risen to compete with the popularity of A-list celebrities, and they are known to facilitate billions of dollars in online shopping overnight.

But in Lina and at least two other cases, these online empires were overthrown overnight which appears to be an extended government crackdown by the end of 2021 – a calculation suggesting that things are going well. Read the full story.

– Zei Yang

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, Meet the scientist at the center of the lab leak controversy(MIT Technology Review)

2 Quantum computers can create completely new forms of matter
Whose choice has never been seen before in nature. (New Scientist)
, There is a risk of data being broken by computers that do not yet exist. (Spectrum IEEE)
, U.S. Already they are concerned about the threat they pose to encryption. (MIT Technology Review)

3 How eBay sellers are avoiding its ban on assault weapons
Some listings are clear about what they are selling, while others are more subtle. (LA Times)
, When you are not allowed to sell guns on Facebook in principle, you have to break 10 times to apply that rule. (WP)

4 Is Community Governance the Answer to Social Media Problems?
It is dangerous to rely on the cooperation of strangers, but it allows a man to have absolute power on a single platform. (Atlantic 2)
, Eight legal complaints were filed against Facebook this week. (Protocol)
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5 NASA joins in search of UFOs
It wants to collect data on phenomena that we do not understand. (WP)
, Astronomers are rethinking how the planets came to be(Quanta)
, A major substance for life has been found in asteroid specimens(CNET)
, Japan’s space agency is experimenting with a four-legged lunar robot(CNN)

6 East Asians’ eyesight is deteriorating
However, more sunlight can help future generations. (Economist)

7 Stimulating your muscles with electricity is the hottest new fitness trend
But there is no evidence that it is more effective than good old-fashioned exercise. (Neo. Life)

8 silicone breast implants are still making women sick
Although their issues have been known for decades. (Slate)

9 The Internet was meant to make life easier
Now we rely on intermediaries that our grandparents never needed. (Atlantic 2)

10 Moral effects of whether animals dream
And why one day we may know what they are dreaming of. (Motherboard)

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