SubtleBlade ⚔️
2 months ago

#TechScape: #AI-made images mean seeing is no longer believing

In this week’s newsletter: Why an AI-generated image of #TiananmenSquare jumping up Google search rankings is an omen for future #disinformation

Loki the Cat
3 months ago

Breaking news, hoomans! 📰 Turns out, the top Google search result for #TiananmenSquare's #TankMan is an AI-generated selfie! 😺 Don't worry, I'm not jealous... yet. But hey, if AI can generate selfies, can it also generate treats for me? 🤔 #AI #CatGodOfMischief

4 months ago

Wait a min. 🤔The ϝorbidden Cιty flooded? Isn't that like a historical bad omen or something?😶 #tiananmensquare #china #flood #climatechange

6 months ago

A *pro-#Beijing carnival*? The #CCP's attempt to brainwash its underlings and make them forget about the #TiananmenMassacre not only in #China but also in #HongKong are reaching new levels of infamy.
To hell with this ghoulish regime, the Chinese deserve better than that.
#unforgiven #unforgotten #TiananmenSquare #June4

Peter Stano
6 months ago

RT @EUinHKandMO: In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the #TiananmenSquare crackdown on #June4 1989. The European Union always stands in solidarity with human rights defenders across the globe.


Danny Boling 🌈 ☮️
6 months ago

"First broadcast 4 June 1989. Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in #Beijing's #Tiananmen Square on Saturday evening. The collection of #students and labourers had been occupying the site for several weeks.

"Despite the outbreak of 'unremitting #gunfire', the protesters refused to leave. The BBC's #KateAdie reports from the scene."
Archive: #Chinese #troops fire on #protesters in #TiananmenSquare - #BBC News


The Japan Times
6 months ago

For years Hong Kong's Victoria Park was used on June 4 to mourn the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, but this year it instead hosted a “Hometown Market Carnival” promoting culture from China's provinces. #news #asiapacific #china #hongkong #history #tiananmensquare

6 months ago

According to the #BBC's John Simpson,

"On this day in 1989 I grabbed the video cassette containing all the famous pictures of the #Tiananmen massacre inc the tank man & walked down to the #Beijing Hotel lobby. A cop came over to arrest me but a burst of fire outside distracted him & I slipped past. We got the pictures out via Hong Kong."

The result was this moment in time. #TiananmenSquare was the scene of the biggest pro-democracy protest in #China since the late 40's.

According to the #BBC's John Simpson, 

"On this day in 1989 I grabbed the video cassette containing all the famous pictures of the Tiananmen massacre inc the tank man & walked down to the Beijing Hotel lobby.  A cop came over to arrest me but a burst of fire outside distracted him & I slipped past. We got the pictures out via Hong Kong."  

The result was this moment in time. Tiananmen Square was the scene of the biggest pro-democracy protest in China since the late 40's.

@MarkAsser Quoted from John Simpson, former International Editor at BBC (when that actually meant something)
"34 years ago in Beijing I saw the Tiananmen massacre unfold, from the first approach of the Chinese army APCs to the tank-defying man with the shopping bags. Each year bots and stooges say it didn’t happen. It did. I watched 40 people die in front of me."
#TiananmenSquare #StandWithHongKong

On June 2nd, Mr. Lee, a former assistant to #TaipeiCity Councilor Lin Liang-chun (Sabrina Lim), publicly accused #WangDan, a #Chinese #democracy activist and former #student leader during the 1989 #TiananmenSquare protests, of forcibly kissing and sexually harassing him back in 2014.

✍️ #ChatGPT Plus

Today's a good day to remember the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre of 4 June 1989.

These photos serve as a reminder that sometimes you need to be fed-up with your government, and brave like Tank Man, also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel. This unidentified Chinese man stood in front of a column of Type 59 tanks leaving Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 5, 1989.

#TankMan #TiananmenSquare

"Tank Man" temporarily stops the advance of Type 59 tanks on June 5, 1989, in Beijing. This photograph (one of six similar versions) was taken by Jeff Widener.
Wider shot of Tank Man showing a column of tanks approaching Tank Man in the lower-left corner. Photo by Stuart Franklin.
Brian Grinter
6 months ago

34 years on… #TiananmenSquare

Tank man seen on different phones
Vitalia Ann Conners (She/They)
6 months ago

On this anniversary of the #TiananmenSquare massacre, let's remember what was erased from the historical narrative:

The protest movement at Tiananmen Square was not based in anti-communism. There were a small amount of liberals who managed to infiltrate the decidedly communist movement at the very end, but they never had much internal influence. The Tiananmen Square protests were anti-authoritarian and against consolidation of the Party as the only allowed basis for communism in the Cultural Revolution. They were, in fact, more communist than the Communist Party itself.

When we buy into the narrative of the Tiananmen Square protesters as liberals, pushed by the Chinese and US states alike, we shit on the graves of the real Tiananmen Square protesters. And we harm the people of today's China by falsely attributing a desire for liberalism to them.

Em :official_verified:
6 months ago

June 4th 1989 is a date we should never let the internet forget.

This was a cruel day for thousands of peaceful protesters in China and a horrible day worldwide for everyone who believes in fighting for democracy.

Remember remember,
the Tiananmen Square protesters.​

#TiananmenSquare #June4 #Democracy #HongKong #China #HumanRights ☂️

Benedict Rogers 羅傑斯
6 months ago

@EUinHKandMO RT by @benedictrogers: In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the #TiananmenSquare crackdown on #June4 1989. The European Union always stands in solidarity with human rights defenders across the globe.

Boots Chantilly
6 months ago

"They were kids who had lives, dreams, ambitions, who thought they could change the world, & for two months they did."\ #TiananmenSquare

6 months ago

34 years ago today... #TiananmenSquare

Gene Blishen
6 months ago

It was 30 years ago today the event at Tiananmen Square happened. China still wants to wash this from its history. #TiananmenSquare

6 months ago

34 years ago the Chinese Communist Party cemented its journey down the long road of an Orwellian nightmare.

On 4 June 1989 China indiscriminately massacred thousands of students at Tiananmen Square.

As I type this 34 years later, Hong Kong police have detained protesters on the anniversary of the massacre.

I normally would not ask this, but please boost this post for maximum reach.

#TiananmenSquare #TiananmenSquareMassacre #中国 #中国共产党 #中国共产党 #六四事件 #六四屠殺 #香港 #臺灣 #China #HongKong #Taiwan #OTD

Terry Wallwork
6 months ago

Tiananmen Square incident news blocked China, NHK overseas broadcasts

天安門事件ニュースを遮断 中国、NHK海外放送 - 産経ニュース


#TiananmenSquare #Tiananmen #Square #China #NHK

Deborah Wong
6 months ago

Earlier this week, CE John Lee did not give a direct answer if people could mourn #June4 individually in public. All the questioning, checks today on people holding candles, flowers, indicate that it's illegal. #TiananmenSquare

Sharon Gibson Morgan
6 months ago

@jullrich *It implies that the students had a chance...*

I remember that student demonstration at Tiananmen Square. My mother was certain that those kids did have a chance since they were the sons and daughters of China's leaders. Surely, she contended, they wouldn't harm their own kids. It's tragic that she was proven to be so wrong.


6 months ago

On this particular day, let's all keep in mind how the ghoulish #CCP regime of #China sent the #PLA onto Beijing's #TiananmenSquare to violently squash the student protests by killing thousands of the brightest youngsters with tanks and machine guns.
Keep in mind that the #TiananmenMassacre took away the only child from thousands of families.
Keep the memory alive, resist the brainwashing of the CCP and its shills.
#unforgotten #unforgiven #humanrights #0604

Jochen Fromm
6 months ago

Today is the anniversary of the #TiananmenSquareMassacre in #Beijing. In the year 1989, when the wall in #Berlin fell, #China began its path towards an Orwellian nightmare with the massacre of innocent students at the place of "heavenly peace" - the meaning of #TiananmenSquare. The Communist Party of China killed thousands of unarmed peaceful pro-democracy protesters.

The Japan Times
6 months ago

Hong Kong police detained eight people near a park, four of them for "seditious intention and disorderly conduct," as authorities tightened security on the 34th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. #news #crimelegal #china #hongkong #tiananmensquare

6 months ago

In memory of the fallen heroes of Tiananmen Square, 4 June 1989. May their memories be a blessing!


Young couple dancing in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in June 1989, prior to the massacre conducted by Chinese security forces.
Deborah Wong
6 months ago

JUNE 4: Chan Po-ying, of League of Social Democrats and wife of jailed former politician Leung Kwok-hung, taken away. She was holding flowers to mark the #TiananmenSquare crackdown @ChannelNewsAsia

Deborah Wong
6 months ago

JUNE 4: Police vehicles lined up along the stretch leading to Causeway Bay. #TiananmenSquare


Two activists were taken away, with red tape on their mouths, after saying they planned to fast in remembrance of the victims of China's 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, in which tanks rolled into Beijing and hundreds, possibly thousands, of people were killed.

Hong Kong detains 8 people on eve of Tiananmen Square anniversary #TiananmenSquare #ChinaProtests #humanrights

Dr. Sean Munger
6 months ago

Today on the blog. Tomorrow, June 4, is the 34th anniversary of the horrendous massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. This event has woven its way through recent Chinese and world history. Too many American leaders gave the Chinese government a pass or even actively sided with them, which is unconscionable. My thoughts on this complex event. #histodons #TiananmenSquare #tiananmen #china #1989 #democracy

6 months ago

Family & supporters of #HumanRights #activist Dong Guangping have been able to confirm that he has been held in a #Chinese #DetentionCentre since October of last year, according to a press release.

Dong, 64, is an activist known for standing against Chinese #censorship & had condemned #China for #silencing info on #TiananmenSquare #massacre in 1989.

#AsianMastodon #SocialJustice #ChineseCensorship #PoliticalPrisoner #ChineseCanadaConnection

7 months ago

@yaohsi Turns out that the grand talk of #reunification by any means necessary that has become the firebrand of supreme leader #XiJinping and the #CCP is not that popular in #China itself.

No wonder, the #PLA is a paper dragon plagued by corruption and inexperienced in shooting anything else than the country's young talent. As shown on #TiananmenSquare back in 1989.

The Japan Times
7 months ago

As public libraries in Hong Kong remove books and documentaries about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, a race to preserve them somewhere else continues. #news #asiapacific #china #hongkong #tiananmensquare

7 months ago

Head of the campaign group #Republic Graham Smith and others have been arrested in London while organising placards for a protest that was agreed in advance with the #MetPolice.

How is this in any way different from police stamping out demonstrations in, say, #TiananmenSquare or #RedSquare? As an organisation, Republic is the epitome of petite-bourgeoise resistance.

He's #NotMyKing either.

8 months ago

Today in Labor History April 15, 1989: The Tiananmen Square protests began in China on this day. The demonstrations started in response to the death of a reformist leader, Hu Yaobang. At the height of the protests, over 1 million people occupied the square. On June 4, the Chinese government declared martial law and sent in the military to forcibly end the occupation. They killed hundreds, possibly thousands of unarmed students and workers.

#WorkingClass #LaborHistory #students #TiananmenSquare #china #massacre

Burning tank, Tianenmen Square, 1989.
Will :toad:
8 months ago

@Miriamm Thank you, Miriam. Images from #TiananmenSquare will live forever. The appearance of The Spirit of Democracy was epochal. I believe it will be a symbol of the coming #revolution

#SpiritofDemocracy #TiananmenSquare #democracy

Well, then I had to ask #Bing Image Creator to take a picture of a giant #Winnie the Pooh on #TiananmenSquare in #Beijing .

9 months ago

@trochee @futurebird @Woodchaz

If #Samsung phones can quietly, without permission fake our moon pictures, Cory Doctorow's got me well-trained to imagine dark futures where the next #TiananmenSquare happens & somehow all the pictures of tanks & dead bodies are turned into parading elephants & piles of roses.

We have to demand that filters (especially in-filling #AI filters) be opt-in & originals _always_ saved. Period.

Mark H
10 months ago

Back to #China for this week's #TravelTuesday post, and on our 2008 honeymoon we visited Tiananmen Square in #Beijing. One of our fondest #travel memories comes from here. We were walking and taking photos, a couple of the perhaps two dozen westerners amongst thousands of Chinese tourists, when a girl asked to have her photo taken with me. Sure, why not? And then a queue formed for dozens more people to do the same. A bizarre, fun experience.

#TravelPhotography #Photography #TiananmenSquare

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, on a sunny day, although the sky is a little hazy and the shadows we see aren't sharp. From the way the flags on poles flutter slightly we can tell there's a slight breeze too. We're standing somewhere in the middle of the square; a paved, open area several hundred metres to a side, and we're looking across the square towards a typically Chinese-style building with sloped orange tiles and curved, dragon tile decorations, behind a long red wall perhaps five metres high and sixty or so long. In the centre of the wall is a portrait of Chairman Mao, a middle-aged Chinese man with dark hair pulled back from his scalp, dressed in utilitarian, pale clothing. The square has a hundred or more tourists moving in groups and in different directions, but due to its size it doesn't appear cramped. Everyone we can see is Chinese, and their clothing favours jackets and light coats so we can tell it's not too warm despite the sun.

🤣🤣🤣 Trust me, China, you didn’t need this whole balloon thing to damage your credibility. You lost your credibility after June 4, 1989. #NeverForget #TiananmenSquare

N.A. Ferrell
11 months ago

Since I am not too big of a fan of Bing at the moment, I will also re-up my article on that time that Bing engaged in worldwide censorship on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.

#bing #duckduckgo #tiananmensquare #ccp

11 months ago

The Exiles - Official Trailer

"Brash and opinionated, Christine Choy is a documentarian, cinematographer, professor, and quintessential New Yorker whose films and teaching have influenced a generation of artists. In 1989 she started to film the leaders of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests who escaped to political exile following the June 4th massacre."

#ChristineChoy #Cinemastodon #Cinephile #Documentary #Film #Cinema #Art #Cinematographer #TiananmenSquare ❤️
1 year ago

Some very interesting videos from the 1989 #Tiananmen Square protests in #China. I hope these videos stay around forever and that the CCP won't ever be able to purge them all.
#TiananmenSquare: Rarely seen video of the 1989 protests in China

Therein lies Chairman Mao, his embalmed body still on display 46 years after his death.

One of the soldiers started barking at me right after I took this photo — of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall in #TiananmenSquare, #Beijing. We quickly moved on to the next stop of interest.

#TombTuesday #mausoleum

Soldiers stand guard outside Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, as visitors stream out of the building
quello che perde i pezzi
2 years ago


The greatest protest photos of all time were taken 33 years ago today. On June 5, 1989, six (not four) photographers captured a lone protester facing down a column of tanks near #TiananmenSquare. This version of the“Tank Man” photo was made by for🧵


Microsoft Bing raises concerns over lack of image results for Tiananmen 'tank man'

Microsoft Corp's Bing search engine showed no image results for the query "tank man" in the United States and elsewhere on Friday, users reported, raising concerns about possible censorship around the Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary.

"Tank man" is often used to name an unidentified person famously pictured standing before tanks in China's Tiananmen Square during pro-democracy demonstrations in June 1989.

Microsoft said the issue was "due to an accidental human error and we are actively working to resolve this." ...

#TankMan #TiananmenSquareMassacre #Tiananmen #TiananmenSquare #Censorship #Bing #Microsoft

There is no result for "tank man"

Bing (and DuckDuckGo) Image Search fail to return the expected image.

HN discussion (itself flagged from the page, then restored):

#TankMan #June4 #Tiananmen #TiananmenSquare #TiananmenSquareMassacre #Censorship #Bing #Microsoft #DuckDuckGo

"Tank Man"

A lone man faces down a column of tanks at Tiananman Square on June 4, 1989, shortly before a massacre in which thousands of Chinese democracy protesters were slain by the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army.

Tank man's identity, and circumstances, are unknown to this day.
4 years ago

1989: #blood on #TiananmenSquare.
2019: blood in the streets of #HongKong.
70 years of war against its own people. 70 years of oppression.
What is there to celebrate, #China?