In this week’s newsletter: Why an AI-generated image of #TiananmenSquare jumping up Google search rankings is an omen for future #disinformation
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
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
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. https://t.co/Qx5qBbsunO
"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.
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. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/06/05/asia-pacific/hong-kong-tiananmen-square-anniversary-2023/?utm_content=buffer1b7e3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #news #asiapacific #china #hongkong #history #tiananmensquare
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."
@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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
the Tiananmen Square protesters.
@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. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/EUinHKandMO/status/1665317058429726722#m
"They were kids who had lives, dreams, ambitions, who thought they could change the world, & for two months they did." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/what-tiananmen-means-to-chinese-diaspora\ #TiananmenSquare
It was 30 years ago today the event at Tiananmen Square happened. China still wants to wash this from its history. #TiananmenSquare
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.
@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.
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
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.
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. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/06/04/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/hong-kong-arrests-tiananmen-square-anniversary/?utm_content=buffer59270&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #news #crimelegal #china #hongkong #tiananmensquare
In memory of the fallen heroes of Tiananmen Square, 4 June 1989. May their memories be a blessing!
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 https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hong-kong-detains-8-people-eve-tiananmen-square-99813219 #TiananmenSquare #ChinaProtests #humanrights
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
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.
As public libraries in Hong Kong remove books and documentaries about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, a race to preserve them somewhere else continues. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/05/18/asia-pacific/hong-kong-libraries-tiananmen-square/?utm_content=bufferc081b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #news #asiapacific #china #hongkong #tiananmensquare
He's #NotMyKing either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Therein lies Chairman Mao, his embalmed body still on display 46 years after his death.
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 @StuartAFranklin@twitter.com for @TIME@twitter.com...🧵
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." ...
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): https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27395635