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With the Release of a New TOP GUN Movie Trailer Some Alterations of the Patriotic Film for the Chinese Are Found

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Nothing displays nationalism better than appeasement for a foreign marketplace.

The cultural detonation this past week has subsided, as the annual San Diego Comic Con just concluded. The 2019 affair was as expected with all manner of studio excess on display in the effort to pimp and promote their entertainment properties. One of the bigger news items was that Tom Cruise was on a panel to promote his film to be released in 2020, “Top Gun: Maverick”.

In one of the practiced methods of hype inducement Cruise “surprised” those in attendance to his panel by showing a new extended trailer for the film. It is a blend of new and arresting images to go along with numerous touchstone visuals from the original film.

There is a dose of curiosity that was spotted in one scene of this trailer. Mark MacKinnon, from the Globe And Mail noticed that there were some subtle alterations made to the iconic bomber jacket that the titular flying ace wears in both the original, and in this long-in-the-works sequel.

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This is both a very minor visual clue, but also a significant indicator of Hollywood making artistic changes for the sake of the Chinese marketplace. The original jacket worn was said to originate with Maverick’s father, himself a decorated war hero. But is this actually a dose of ret-conning taking place, altering the film’s history to appease the communist authorities who oversee the film industry in China?

This seems to be the case. One of the other nuances of working in the Chinese theatrical marketplace is that the Chi-Coms offer a smaller percentage of the box office returns to Hollywood studios than most international territories. A Hollywood-produced film will only garner a 25% return of the ticket sales (most other countries the take is around 40-45%). If the movie is a Chinese co-production however then the Hollywood studio get a larger percentage of the business generated.

“Top Gun: Maverick” will fall into the latter category, as this sequel to a film many called jingoistic, was co-produced by the Chinese studio Tencent Pictures. So a blatantly American message film is seeing itself needing to contort its content, to curry favor with the communist leadership.

If you know of any better examples of the fractured morals and artistic standards from that industry we would love to hear of them.

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BBC Caves To Iran, Won’t Report On Iran On BBC Persian

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In pushing a media blackout of coverage within its borders, the Republic of Iran set conditions on BBC, essentially telling them they can’t report on anything happening Iran’s borders on BBC Persian.

The BBC agreed to the terms, angering workers at the station.

Yashar Ali of Huffington Post reported on the agreement, noting that it is a “capitulation to a government that has been hostile to press freedom.

The email, sent Saturday to all BBC Persian staff by a BBC Persian digital editor, said that BBC foreign correspondent Martin Patience and his team were in Iran “and due to leave on Sunday.”

The email goes on to say, “It is absolutely imperative that none of their material is run on BBC Persian TV, Radio or Online now or in the future. That includes any official BBC Persian social feed retweeting or forwarding the coverage. Please do not use the material and stories produced in Iran on any platform or in any format.”

It’s unclear who at the BBC agreed to the exclusivity terms.

The BBC responded to the Post:

All international media are subject to reporting restrictions in Iran. We accepted some limitations on this occasion in order to provide our audiences with rare insights from inside the country and this is signposted in our coverage. As ever, the BBC maintains full editorial control over what we broadcast. These reports – our first from inside Iran in 5 years – do not change our unwavering commitment to our BBC Persian staff and their families, who have suffered completely unacceptable harassment from the Iranian authorities since 2009.

According to Ali’s reporting, the revelation of the agreement with Iran has angered BBC Persian staff, who have been targeted by Iran in the past. The capitulation comes two years after Iran targeted current (at the time) and former BBC Persia staff by freezing their assets.

In 2017, the Iranian government froze the assets of 152 current and former BBC Persian staff.  Iran also opened up a criminal investigation into the 152 individuals and accused them of a “conspiracy against national security.” BBC Persian staffers have been subjected to death threats by the Iranian government, haven’t been able to return to Iran for fear that they will be arrested, and their family members living within Iran have been subjected to harassment and threats from the Iranian government.

In 2017, the BBC filed a complaint with the United Nations, stating, “This is not just a campaign against BBC Persian staff but against fundamental human rights, and the BBC calls on the government of Iran to end this legal action immediately,” Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC said, at the time.

The BBC appears to have changed its tune and is now being fully compliant with the Iranian government’s efforts to censor coverage within its borders. Staffers at BBC Persian feel the agreement is just further persecution of them and their jobs.

Journalism, when done right, is supposed to shine a light on the good and the bad of the world. It isn’t meant to hide what’s going on. The BBC is allowing Iran to hide what’s going on with this decision, and it’s making a mistake in doing so. It’s a shame that they have decided to capitulate here.

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BREAKING: Trump To Order Citizenship Question On Census Be Added By Executive Order

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Here we go for another round of court battles to the Supreme Court.

In what has been one of the options President Trump has been thinking about using to add the ” ARE YOU A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES” question to the census will become reality by Executive Order later today.

According to NBC News

President Donald Trump is expected to announce an executive action on getting the citizenship question added to the census, according to an administration official.

Trump announced on Twitter Thursday morning that he will hold a press conference in the afternoon to discuss his latest efforts at including the citizenship question as part of the census.

Here is the tweet from the President that the NBC story above refers to.

This action, of course, will need to be raced back to the Supreme Court Of The United States to see how Chief Justice John Roberts can twist common sense once again to screw something up.

While I’m not a fan of ANY President using the Executive order willy nilly this case seems pretty simple to me. The Executive Branch has to make sure that a census goes out every TEN years. That a question on there asking simply if you are of a citizen of this country is causing people like Nancy Pelosi to lose what little is left of her mind is odd. Put the question on the damn thing.

More will be coming from this today in regards to how Trump plans to rattle Zuck and Jacks chains I’m sure so get ready to rumble America. This summer is just heating up.

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Leftists in Canada Call for Censorship of ‘Unplanned’ Movie as Theater Chain Stands Up for Artistic Freedom

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Amazingly a company has stood up to the tolerant hordes that are demanding a movie be banned from theaters.

There had been a time in the not so distant past that the concept of censorship had been a flashpoint cause for those on the left. The mere mention of limiting any amount of content in a motion picture, let’s say, would bring out the loud rebukes. If religious groups were outraged at their depiction in a film scorn would rain down at the appearance of wanting to silence artists.

Even Harvey Weinstein years back would invoke the threat when it came to mundane acts like how his movies were rated by the MPAA.

These days those leftists are not only more comfortable with censoring activities, but they are also applauding them. We are in an era where journalists are encouraging other journalistic outlets to be silenced and removed from social platforms. It is without hyperbole that comparing some things we are seeing to George Orwell’s “1984” takes place. Policing how we think is actually being attempted.

The recent anti-abortion drama “Unplanned” endured some of the silencing tactics when it was released into theaters last April, yet it still managed to become a modest hit on its own terms. Most major cable television networks refused to run commercials for the film, and the Motion Picture Association gave the movie an “R-rating”, which limited its audience reach. This also delivered a crude irony: girls under the age of 18 were prevented from seeing a film about abortion, yet they are able to get an actual abortion procedure in many states.

It is now being released into Canadian theatres and some on the left are incensed about that. The opposition has been so virulent that there have been threats of violence called in to theaters that were scheduling the film. And there have been calls for the film to be banned outright.

In a refreshing dose of sanity and sober thinking the theater chain in Canada, Cineplex, has issued a statement defending its decision. Ellis Jacob, the President and CEO of the theater chain, issued a statement letter declaring they would not be backing down from exhibiting “Unplanned”. The irony that it is members of the left calling for the suppression of art is actually lost on those from the liberal wing.

I understand and can appreciate the concerns about the film,” Jacob said in his letter, “but it is up to each of us to decide whether or not we want to see it.” In other words, he says that he trusts adults to be able to make a decision for themselves. Imagine that kind of thinking, from a corporate head. “In Canada we have the option, and I think it is an important thing to remember.

This outrage is both revealing, and it is imbalanced. The revealing aspect is that it seems a number of leftists feel threatened that a film that offers content in opposition to their own cherished political views. That they feel a need to restrict the title is indicative of a perceived threat. The imbalance comes from the very small platform the film is receiving in that country. Cineplex has 1,700 screens across Canada — “Unplanned” is being shown on just 14 screens. The leftists still regard this small rollout as a threat.

There have been reports of select theaters canceling scheduled viewings as a result of threats. This tactic has become more normalized from the militants on the left. It is a healthy thing to see a company actually standing up in the face of this type of imbalanced activist reaction.

This sure differs from the common reaction we have been witnessing from companies lately. The norm has been for companies to see a social media manufactured maelstrom taking place and then cowing to the digital hordes. It has to be pointed out that it is liberal activists who are at the front lines of the calls for censorship and the banning of artistic content. This is a wide departure from their positions on such matters just a generation ago. Nowadays those who are on the creative side of the culture are more than willing to engage in stifling select creative works they deem unfit.

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Proof YouTube Is Censoring Viral Independent News Videos In Favor of Lukewarm Cable News Network Videos

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FILE – This March 20, 2018 file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Every day, YouTube pushes a list of news videos into my feed that they term “Top News.”

As you can see from the screenshot I took, they are nothing but mainstream and cable channels from different countries. The subjects include the announcement of Ross Perot’s death, a dancing cockatoo, and a car that caught on fire during a gender reveal. Westlake Legal Group tweeten-1562710364207 Proof YouTube Is Censoring Viral Independent News Videos In Favor of Lukewarm Cable News Network Videos youtube tim pool Politics News Internet Front Page Stories Featured Story David Pakman Corporations Censorship Allow Media Exception

Now let’s take a look at some independent news personalities and their videos.

Tim Pool’s latest videos far and away outclass any of these videos by miles, and some of this stuff is hard hitting news. Pool’s coverage of the border crisis and politicians involved with it has been majorly watched videos.

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Now, you may say that the videos from the “Top News” picks are only hours old, and fair enough. However, going over the video content of channels like CBS News, the majority struggle to crack 10,000 views. Those that do go beyond still very rarely ever top Pool’s selection of news videos.

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Compare that to progressive independent news source David Pakman whose recent offering outclasses CBS News as well.

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The Quartering on YouTube, which primarily covers cultural news, also consistently outperforms the major news networks.

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Despite these channels consistently discussing news, it’s not considered good enough to be “Top News” according to YouTube. A dancing cockatoo, however, is.

Pakman posted a video discussing this push of YouTube’s for more mainstream news to take center stage, where in he discusses just how bad it’s become. In the video he points to a graph that shows the recommendations from YouTube toward independent news, and you can see for yourself the recommendations generated from the YouTube algorithm push mainstream news channels far more than independent news channels.

Pakman notes that he spent the weekend researching this and attempted to see who was gaining the recommendations that would have otherwise gone to these independent channels. Pakman shows us a graph generated by monitoring YouTube’s algorithm that shows the recommendations “dive off a cliff” at May 1st, where as CNN, Fox News, and other corporate news channels skyrocketed.

Pakman wanted to stress that this wasn’t just affecting conservative news channels, but news channels across the ideological spectrum. In other words, if you’re not a corporate entity, YouTube probably won’t recommend you.

Pool also posted a graph that shows what Pakman is talking about.

YouTube is likely abandoning creators and personalities that base themselves on their platform due to the fact that it’s become too “dangerous” for it to do otherwise.

Enjoy dancing parrots as your “Top News” in your sterile YouTube experience.

 

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It Was Never About the Breasts: SJW Outrage Over Depictions of Women Is About Control, Not Care

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The social justice infected parts of the left have pushed the idea on the populace that they hold the moral high ground. Be it their concern for violence, depictions of women and minorities, or how various story lines are “problematic,” the social justice warrior always puts up the front that they care about these things because it may cause damage to our society.

It’s a pleasant looking veneer that hides a sinister intent. It’s a way to mask the selfish desires of a group of people who have zero business deciding how we live, work, and play. It’s always been about control, never about care.

A good example is the recent fervor that arose around the way a famous character is portrayed in the remake of one of the most popular video games of all time, Final Fantasy VII.

The character in question, Tifa Lockhart, has always been depicted as an attractive, fit, raven haired girl with large breasts. This has angered the living daylights out of social justice warriors who have always complained that Tifa is a character solely built for the male gaze and is absolutely unrealistic. The complaints have had their effect. Square-Enix, the game’s publisher, handed down an order from its “ethics department” to “restrict her chest.” Now, in the upcoming remake for the game, Tifa’s breasts don’t seem to have been reduced in size, just given a better sports bra to contain them.

As Ashe Schow wrote over at The Federalist, the developers of the game seem to be pushing back against the outrage brigades and aren’t fully cooperating with the “ethics department.” In fact, it’s seemingly spiting them.

The pushback on this narrative was instant. YouTuber Liana Kerzner proved that they do, in fact, make bras for breasts as large as Tifa’s character.

Furthermore, as I covered on Tuesday, a study was recently released that proved video game depictions of women don’t damage the self-image of women, nor does it make them aggressive toward each other as some have claimed.

We’re told outrage erupted from the men in the gaming community over the change to Tifa’s look, but outside of a handful of online posts at various websites, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of anger toward it. Still, the social justice brigades used this narrative that gamers were the sexists they said they were all along.

The pattern here is obvious. SJWs are attempting to find solutions to a problem that aren’t there. Research shows us that depictions of characters like Tifa aren’t damaging to women. Men aren’t ready to riot in the streets over a characters breast size being reduced. The narrative being crafted is that without the guidance of social justice advocacy groups, industries would be left to being dictated by villainous people such as the sexists who force women to view characters they’ll likely never look like.

This is a typical part of the SJW playbook. It’s the offer of “you’re about to be in big trouble but we can help you if you just let us tell you what to do.” You can see this perfectly with feminist activist Anita Sarkeesian’s recent attempted to do this to CD Projekt Red after SJWs found a window for outrage over a depiction of a trans person on a billboard within the upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. Sarkeesian publicly attempted to shame the game company while offering her “help.”

She followed that up with an offer to every gaming company to help them “avoid these kinds of mistakes.”

It’s so kind of her to offer this threat of “help” to various developers and publishers especially in light of the fact that Sarkeesian is going broke.

Day follows night, the flu virus makes you sick, and social justice activists will try to find a way to get you invite them into your company as “advisers” in the same way vampires try to get you to invite them into your home so they can cross the threshold and suck your lifeblood dry.

And failure is a constant result of allowing these activists to “help” avoid these “mistakes.” Uninspired stories, shallow characters, and alienation of the fan base is a constant pattern. Take, for instance, the much beloved Mass Effect franchise. The initial trilogy was absolutely remarkable with characters you truly fell in love with and an epic story line that proved the gaming industry was just as good, if not better, at telling stories than Hollywood.

However, social justice warriors worked their way into development company Bioware, and the fourth installment of Mass Effect ended up being an unmitigated disaster that is reviled among the gaming community. I won’t go into detail, but if you want more on that, Dunkey, a well known gaming YouTuber, made an amazing video that summed up the disaster that it was.

It’s no different in Hollywood. Captain Marvel and 2016’s Ghostbusters were all abject failures hated by fans, but only kept in the limelight by the media’s insistence that these movies matter because they were made with intentions of those claiming the moral high ground and against the wishes of “evil” people.

All these failures have a common thread. They were made after social justice ideas that cause rot infected their respective creators. The inherent need to want to do and be good caused creators and publishers to embrace liars and charlatans who truly believe that by controlling what we see and hear, and fashion all things to be what they consider moral, that we’ll be better off as a society. They don’t care that they’re constantly proven wrong, or that the product that they “helped” make flopped horrifically. They don’t care that the company they worked for suffered, or that people lost jobs, or that lives are destroyed.

Social justice activists are parasitic. They infect the host, damaging or killing it, then move on to the next, reaping their own gains along the way. Their “care” for women, minorities, or the “disadvantaged” members of our society is a ruse to get you to invite them to latch on. They don’t truly care about any of the things they say they do. You can see that by the way they treat members of these groups who disagree with them.

As such, Tifa Lockhart’s breast size matters so little it barely registers on the outrage meter, yet in order to gain control, social justice activists will happily feign insult and offense in order to work their way into an industry and “save it”…for a price.

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A Billionaire’s Fall Spotlights Child Sexual Abuse in China

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SHANGHAI — The detention of a billionaire Shanghai real estate developer in a case linked by Communist Party officials to the alleged sexual molestation of a 9-year-old girl has triggered a national bout of soul searching in China, where such crimes are rapidly moving toward the top of law enforcement priorities.

Wang Zhenhua, a prominent businessman and philanthropist in China, was detained by the police on July 1 for “personal reasons,” according to his company, Seazen Holdings. The company’s announcement followed articles in Shanghai media last week alleging that Mr. Wang had assaulted a 9-year-old girl.

The Shanghai police have said only that they detained a 57-year-old man with the surname Wang on suspicion of wrongdoing as they investigate a child-molestation incident that injured a 9-year-old girl. The person has not been charged with a crime. But Chinese officials and state media have increasingly criticized Wang Zhenhua — who is 57, according to company statements — after Chinese censors’ initial efforts to block the news reports led to a public backlash. China Central Television, the government’s main broadcaster, called for a full investigation and cited the media reports identifying the detained man as the chairman of Seazen Holdings.

The Communist Party’s powerful Central Committee for Political and Legal Affairs, which oversees the country’s law enforcement agencies and courts, issued a stern commentary over the weekend declaring, “Sexual assault on children will surely be dealt with by the sword of the law, no exception!” The commentary cited the media reports naming the real estate developer and said that “it does not make sense” to pretend he is not the person involved in the sexual abuse case.

On Monday, the Shanghai branch of China’s top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said it had revoked Mr. Wang’s membership, without detailing why.

A call to Mr. Wang’s mobile phone was automatically forwarded to a message service. No information has been released regarding whether the authorities have allowed him access to legal counsel.

Seazen Holdings, which is China’s eighth-largest real estate company by sales, later released a public apology that did not specify what Mr. Wang might have done but said, “Any action that infringes on juveniles should be punished severely by the law.”

The case has sparked intense discussion in China over the victimization of children. It also follows the arrest in the United States on Saturday of Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier, though he faces allegations that he and his employees engaged in a sex-trafficking scheme involving dozens of girls, rather than the single incident described by Chinese police.

Numbers are scarce, but experts agree the data that does exist probably vastly undercounts incidents of abuse across China. The country’s courts dealt with 11,519 cases involving child molestation from the beginning of 2015 to November 2018, according to Xinhua, the state’s official news agency.

Shang Xiaoyuan, the director of the family and child research center of Beijing Normal University and a director of the Child Welfare Protection Council of China, said studies had estimated that 1 percent of all Chinese children were raped and that many times more were put in sexual contact with adults. Girls’ Protection, a Chinese public welfare group, said in its most recent report that the cases made public were “only the tip of the iceberg.”

Over the past two decades, hundreds of millions of people — a group almost as large as the population of the United States — have moved from the Chinese countryside to its crowded cities to seek their fortunes. Tens of millions of children have been left behind in rural areas, often with limited care.

In that environment, the sexual abuse of children has proved hard to control, said Professor Shang. “It’s like a disease which can happen anywhere,” she said.

Chinese officials have vowed to step up enforcement. China’s law enforcement agencies and courts changed their procedures in 2013 to make it easier to prosecute sexual abuse of children under age 12 and ordered severe punishment, particularly when there was an organized effort to procure children for sexual abuse. Last year, China’s top prosecutors recommended a further crackdown on sexual abuse of children.

The usual penalty for child molestation in China is less than five years in prison, said Zhou Hao, a lawyer in Beijing. But if other charges are also leveled, the term could be five to 15 years, he said.

The reports regarding Mr. Wang have led to a wave of online anger in China. That anger intensified after the initial decision of government censors to block online discussions and media reporting of the case. That decision, quickly reversed under public pressure, has raised the question of whether the government is too quick to protect wealthy and well-connected citizens even when they are accused of criminal misconduct. Some Chinese media outlets over the past few days have called sexual abuse of children a national problem, though the instances they have cited mainly involved educators at elementary schools.

Discussions of the incident began last week when Xinmin Evening News, a Shanghai news outlet, reported that a woman identified only as “Ms. Zhou” had taken a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl from Jiangsu Province to neighboring Shanghai. Local media said that the girls’ parents were friends of Ms. Zhou’s, and that she had told the parents that she was taking the girls to Shanghai Disneyland.

Xinmin said that Ms. Zhou had taken the girls instead to meet Mr. Wang at a hotel, and that the real estate developer had “committed a crime” with the younger girl.

The Shanghai police statement said a Ms. Zhou had also been detained in the child molestation case, but also did not give a full name.

A spate of other Chinese media began publishing similar stories after Xinmin’s, but these quickly disappeared. After the Shanghai police released their statement late last Wednesday, further stories appeared online and were not censored.

Seazen’s Shanghai-traded shares have fallen by more than one-quarter since last week. At an emergency meeting last week, Seazen’s board replaced Mr. Wang with his son, Wang Xiaosong.

Seazen has portrayed Wang Zhenhua as a self-made man. He worked in a state-owned cotton mill in Changzhou, in Jiangsu Province, and started his own textile factory in 1988 before going into real estate in the 1990s.

With real estate prices soaring over the past quarter-century in Shanghai and nearby cities, Seazen’s sales reached $32 billion last year. But like many other property developers, it has been hit by overbuilding and a surplus of empty apartments in many parts of China. In April, the Shanghai Stock Exchange issued a public list of 16 questions for the company about its shrinking cash flow, high borrowing costs and rising number of transactions with related parties.

Seazen had also filed a statement with the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2016 that Mr. Wang had been investigated by a neighborhood commission in Jiangsu Province for unspecified “personal reasons.”

Mr. Wang is a philanthropist who has donated money for school libraries and instructors in poor areas. According to Chinese media, he visited school groups that benefited from his charity and presented himself to children as “Uncle Wang.”

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A Billionaire’s Fall Spotlights Child Sexual Abuse in China

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SHANGHAI — The detention of a billionaire Shanghai real estate developer in a case linked by Communist Party officials to the alleged sexual molestation of a 9-year-old girl has triggered a national bout of soul searching in China, where such crimes are rapidly moving toward the top of law enforcement priorities.

Wang Zhenhua, a prominent businessman and philanthropist in China, was detained by the police on July 1 for “personal reasons,” according to his company, Seazen Holdings. The company’s announcement followed articles in Shanghai media last week alleging that Mr. Wang had assaulted a 9-year-old girl.

The Shanghai police have said only that they detained a 57-year-old man with the surname Wang on suspicion of wrongdoing as they investigate a child-molestation incident that injured a 9-year-old girl. The person has not been charged with a crime. But Chinese officials and state media have increasingly criticized Wang Zhenhua — who is 57, according to company statements — after Chinese censors’ initial efforts to block the news reports led to a public backlash. China Central Television, the government’s main broadcaster, called for a full investigation and cited the media reports identifying the detained man as the chairman of Seazen Holdings.

The Communist Party’s powerful Central Committee for Political and Legal Affairs, which oversees the country’s law enforcement agencies and courts, issued a stern commentary over the weekend declaring, “Sexual assault on children will surely be dealt with by the sword of the law, no exception!” The commentary cited the media reports naming the real estate developer and said that “it does not make sense” to pretend he is not the person involved in the sexual abuse case.

On Monday, the Shanghai branch of China’s top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said it had revoked Mr. Wang’s membership, without detailing why.

A call to Mr. Wang’s mobile phone was automatically forwarded to a message service. No information has been released regarding whether the authorities have allowed him access to legal counsel.

Seazen Holdings, which is China’s eighth-largest real estate company by sales, later released a public apology that did not specify what Mr. Wang might have done but said, “Any action that infringes on juveniles should be punished severely by the law.”

The case has sparked intense discussion in China over the victimization of children. It also follows the arrest in the United States on Saturday of Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier, though he faces allegations that he and his employees engaged in a sex-trafficking scheme involving dozens of girls, rather than the single incident described by Chinese police.

Numbers are scarce, but experts agree the data that does exist probably vastly undercounts incidents of abuse across China. The country’s courts dealt with 11,519 cases involving child molestation from the beginning of 2015 to November 2018, according to Xinhua, the state’s official news agency.

Shang Xiaoyuan, the director of the family and child research center of Beijing Normal University and a director of the Child Welfare Protection Council of China, said studies had estimated that 1 percent of all Chinese children were raped and that many times more were put in sexual contact with adults. Girls’ Protection, a Chinese public welfare group, said in its most recent report that the cases made public were “only the tip of the iceberg.”

Over the past two decades, hundreds of millions of people — a group almost as large as the population of the United States — have moved from the Chinese countryside to its crowded cities to seek their fortunes. Tens of millions of children have been left behind in rural areas, often with limited care.

In that environment, the sexual abuse of children has proved hard to control, said Professor Shang. “It’s like a disease which can happen anywhere,” she said.

Chinese officials have vowed to step up enforcement. China’s law enforcement agencies and courts changed their procedures in 2013 to make it easier to prosecute sexual abuse of children under age 12 and ordered severe punishment, particularly when there was an organized effort to procure children for sexual abuse. Last year, China’s top prosecutors recommended a further crackdown on sexual abuse of children.

The usual penalty for child molestation in China is less than five years in prison, said Zhou Hao, a lawyer in Beijing. But if other charges are also leveled, the term could be five to 15 years, he said.

The reports regarding Mr. Wang have led to a wave of online anger in China. That anger intensified after the initial decision of government censors to block online discussions and media reporting of the case. That decision, quickly reversed under public pressure, has raised the question of whether the government is too quick to protect wealthy and well-connected citizens even when they are accused of criminal misconduct. Some Chinese media outlets over the past few days have called sexual abuse of children a national problem, though the instances they have cited mainly involved educators at elementary schools.

Discussions of the incident began last week when Xinmin Evening News, a Shanghai news outlet, reported that a woman identified only as “Ms. Zhou” had taken a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl from Jiangsu Province to neighboring Shanghai. Local media said that the girls’ parents were friends of Ms. Zhou’s, and that she had told the parents that she was taking the girls to Shanghai Disneyland.

Xinmin said that Ms. Zhou had taken the girls instead to meet Mr. Wang at a hotel, and that the real estate developer had “committed a crime” with the younger girl.

The Shanghai police statement said a Ms. Zhou had also been detained in the child molestation case, but also did not give a full name.

A spate of other Chinese media began publishing similar stories after Xinmin’s, but these quickly disappeared. After the Shanghai police released their statement late last Wednesday, further stories appeared online and were not censored.

Seazen’s Shanghai-traded shares have fallen by more than one-quarter since last week. At an emergency meeting last week, Seazen’s board replaced Mr. Wang with his son, Wang Xiaosong.

Seazen has portrayed Wang Zhenhua as a self-made man. He worked in a state-owned cotton mill in Changzhou, in Jiangsu Province, and started his own textile factory in 1988 before going into real estate in the 1990s.

With real estate prices soaring over the past quarter-century in Shanghai and nearby cities, Seazen’s sales reached $32 billion last year. But like many other property developers, it has been hit by overbuilding and a surplus of empty apartments in many parts of China. In April, the Shanghai Stock Exchange issued a public list of 16 questions for the company about its shrinking cash flow, high borrowing costs and rising number of transactions with related parties.

Seazen had also filed a statement with the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2016 that Mr. Wang had been investigated by a neighborhood commission in Jiangsu Province for unspecified “personal reasons.”

Mr. Wang is a philanthropist who has donated money for school libraries and instructors in poor areas. According to Chinese media, he visited school groups that benefited from his charity and presented himself to children as “Uncle Wang.”

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Twitter Backs Off Broad Limits on ‘Dehumanizing’ Speech

SAN FRANCISCO — Last August, Twitter’s top executives gathered at the company’s headquarters to discuss how to make the site safer for its users. Two attendees proposed banning all speech that could be considered “dehumanizing.” For an example of what they meant, they showed a sample post that featured the words President Trump used to compare certain nations to excrement.

By January, Twitter had backed off from deeming that sample tweet dehumanizing. Instead, the post was included in an internal company slide show, which helps train Twitter moderators, as the kind of message that should be allowed on the platform.

And on Tuesday, when Twitter rolled out its first official guidelines around what constitutes dehumanizing speech on its service, the sample post was nowhere in sight. The company had narrowed its policymaking to focus only on banning speech that is insulting and unacceptable if directed at religious groups.

“While we have started with religion, our intention has always been and continues to be an expansion to all protected categories,” Jerrel Peterson, Twitter’s head of safety policy, said in an interview. “We just want to be methodical.”

The scaling back of Twitter’s efforts to define dehumanizing speech illustrates the company’s challenges as it sorts through what to allow on its platform. While the new guidelines help it draw starker lines around what it will and will not tolerate, it took Twitter nearly a year to put together the rules — and even then they are just a fraction of the policy that it originally said it intended to create.

Twitter said it had ratcheted down the policy’s scope partly because it kept running into obstacles. When the company sought users’ feedback last year on what it thought such speech might include, people pushed back on the proposed definitions. Over months of discussions late last year and early this year, Twitter employees also worried that such a policy might be too sweeping, potentially resulting in the removal of benign messages and in haphazard enforcement.

“We get one shot to write a policy that has to work for 350 million people who speak 43-plus languages while respecting cultural norms and local laws,” Mr. Peterson said. “It’s incredibly difficult, and we can’t do it by ourselves. We realized we need to be really small and specific.”

Twitter unveiled its new policy ahead of a social media summit at the White House on Thursday that is likely to thrust it and other Silicon Valley companies under the spotlight for what they will and won’t allow. For the event, Mr. Trump has invited conservative activists who have thrived on social media, such as Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA, which advocates limited government and other issues. Many of the attendees have accused social media companies of anti-conservative bias.

Twitter declined to comment on the meeting.

In the past, Twitter has focused its removal policies on posts that may directly harm an individual, such as threats of violence or messages that contain personal information or nonconsensual nudity. Under the new rules, the company is adding a sentence that says users “may not dehumanize groups based on their religion, as these remarks can lead to offline harm.” Twitter said that included any tweets that might compare people in religious groups to animals, insects, bacteria and other categories.

Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change, a civil rights group, said Twitter’s new policy fell short of where it should go.

“Dehumanization is a great start, but if dehumanization starts and stops at religious categories alone, that does not encapsulate all the ways people have been dehumanized,” he said.

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Twitter’s work around a dehumanization policy began in August after the company faced a firestorm for not immediately barring Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist, when Apple, Facebook and others did. Twitter eventually did bar Mr. Jones, and its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, said at the time that the incident had forced the company to consider “that safety should come first.”

“That’s a conversation we need to have,” he added.

Mr. Dorsey delegated the task of figuring out what makes up dehumanizing speech on Twitter to the company’s legal, policy and safety teams, which are led by Vijaya Gadde. Mr. Dorsey took a hands-off approach because he wanted to empower Ms. Gadde to make the decisions, a Twitter spokeswoman said.

The discussions began with the meeting at Twitter’s headquarters, which included the sample tweet featuring Mr. Trump’s unflattering description of nations such as Haiti. At the end of that meeting, executives agreed to draft a policy about dehumanizing speech and open it to the public for comments.

In September, Twitter published the draft policy of what dehumanizing speech would be forbidden. It included posts likening people to animals or suggesting that certain groups serve a single, mechanistic purpose.

“I like to think of this as us trying to be experimental, the way that our colleagues in product and engineering are very experimental and they’re trying new things,” Ms. Gadde said in an interview at the time.

The response from users was swift — and critical. Twitter received more than 8,000 pieces of feedback from people in more than 30 countries. Many said the draft made no sense, pointing out cases in which the policy would lead to takedowns of posts that lacked any negative intent.

In one example, fans of Lady Gaga, who call themselves “Little Monsters” as a term of endearment, worried that they would no longer be able to use the phrase. Some gamers complained that they would be unable to discuss killing a character in a video game. Others said the draft policy didn’t go far enough in addressing hate speech and sexist comments.

In October and November, Twitter employees began revising the policy with the public input.

“We knew the policy was too broad,” Mr. Peterson said. The solution, he and others decided, was to narrow it down to groups that are protected under civil rights law, such as women, minorities and L.G.B.T.Q. people. Religious groups seemed particularly easy to identify in tweets, and there were clear cases of dehumanization on social media that led to harm in the real world, Twitter employees said. Those include the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, which was preceded by hate campaigns on social networks like Facebook.

Early this year, Twitter further limited the scope of the policy by carving out an exception. The company prepared a feature to preserve tweets from world leaders, like Mr. Trump, even if they engaged in dehumanizing speech. Twitter reasoned that such posts were in the public interest. So if any world leaders tweeted something insulting and unacceptable, their posts would be kept online but hidden behind a warning label.

Twitter then trained its moderators to spot dehumanizing content, using a list of 42 religious groups as a guide and the tweet of Mr. Trump’s uncomplimentary phrase about certain countries as an example of what to allow. It assigned 10 engineering teams to design the warning label and to make sure that any offending tweets would not appear in search or other Twitter products. It announced the exception for world leaders last month.

On Tuesday, Twitter also said it would require the deletion of old tweets that dehumanize religious groups but would not suspend accounts that had a history of such tweets, because the rule did not exist when they were posted. New offending tweets, however, will count toward a suspension.

“We constantly keep changing our rules, and we try to improve across the product,” said David Gasca, Twitter’s head of product health. “We’re never fully done.”

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The Twitter Account of Antifa Group that Attacked Andy Ngo Still Active as Twitter Censors the Right

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Andy Ngo was attacked by Portland’s Antifa chapter. That much is undeniable, and in no small part because there’s video evidence of it.

No matter how many times Twitter tries to take the video down, it’s going to pop up somewhere like Fox News where millions of people are going to see it anyway.

Portland’s Antifa chapter has a Twitter account known as “Rose City Antifa.” From there, Antifa releases propaganda and coordinates meetups with various links to its website. Recently, it has been posting various articles and tweets that speak out against Ngo and attempt to deny, downplay, or excuse their physical attack on him.

This is the same Antifa group that has blocked routes to hospitals and committed violence against anyone they deemed to be a “fascist,” which can be anyone at anytime for any reason.

They even turned on one of their own after she was caught giving police information about marching routes. According to Willamette Week, June Davies was an Antifa medic who wanted to let cops know where the medics would be so they wouldn’t get arrested or moved by officers. Upon a “friend” discovering four months worth of texts between she and one of the Portland officers, she was ostracized and received death threats:

It was awful. I woke up and half of my friends were just gone. Everybody was talking about me. I got threats, I got told that I had to leave the city. It wasn’t exactly explicit, but it was implied that bad things would happen to me if I showed up at certain places.

I didn’t leave my house for like a month. I was afraid. The night that everything happened and the next morning, I was suicidal. I’ve had mental problems for a while, but I haven’t had suicidal thoughts that strong since I was 16.

All this to say that Portland Antifa is definitely in the business of doing wrong and their Twitter account helps them coordinate to do it.

Meanwhile, various accounts on the right continue to be suspended or even taken down by Twitter for so much as sneezing in the left’s direction. Meghan Murphy, Alex Jones, Nick Monroe, and more have been permanently banned by Twitter, while countless others have either been temporarily suspended or shadow-banned for a myriad of reasons.

Even President Donald Trump is going to have his tweets marked with warning labels if they “break the rules,” though as we’ve seen, those rules seem to be nebulous.

Meanwhile, Rose City Antifa continues to have an account that’s going strong.

If someone like Jones — whether you like him or not — can have his account removed because of something he did outside of Twitter, shouldn’t Antifa qualify at this point? Why does a group that openly promotes violence get to continue to organize via help of their Twitter account and continue to exist on the platform?

But if the fact that Twitter is choosing which rules to enforce on whom again, then how about the fact that the DHS has labeled Antifa a domestic terrorist group? If the government recognizes them as such, then why is Twitter allowing them to continue to organize and propagandize on its platform while it suspends someone like Erick Erickson for making jokes about Elizabeth Warren?

By the left’s own rules in regards to allowing speech on platforms that equates to violence, Twitter is complicit in every Antifa attack that takes place.

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