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LGBT rights groups blocked on China's biggest social media app

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LGBT rights groups blocked on China's biggest social media app

Multiple social media accounts belonging to  ฟรีเครดิตทดลองเล่นสล็อต major university lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights groups in China have been blocked from the popular We Chat app, prompting fears of targeted censorship and calls on Wednesday (Jul 7) for an online protest.

The WeChat? pages of groups, including Huazhong University of Science and Technology Gay Pride and Peking University's ColorsWorld?, had their past posts scrubbed and replaced with a notice stating: "All content has been blocked and the use of the account has been stopped" for violations of unspecified social media regulations.

The brief notices said that WeChat? had received "complaints" about the pages, while the groups' account names had been changed to "unnamed account" on Tuesday, based on publicly visible account records.

Super-app WeChat? is China's biggest social media platform, with instant messaging, blogs and other content, as well as the ability to make payments.

Chinese social media firms frequently censor content deemed to be politically sensitive or inappropriate, with censors previously targeting LGBT-related content on video streaming apps and in foreign films.

Zhihe Society, a feminist student group at Shanghai's Fudan University focusing on sexual minorities, confirmed that its WeChat? official account had been permanently deleted in a statement on another social media platform on Wednesday.

"It's very clear that there's no possibility that Zhihe's original account can be revived in the short term," the organisation said in a statement on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, without giving details of the reason for the takedown.

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