Chinese fans of Duanzi find each other offline using secret codes

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Now that a popular parody and meme app in China called "Neihan Duanzi" has been closed and their social media account has been deleted on WeChat, app fans gather in offline solidarity in subtle protests.
The drivers touch each other in the code to indicate they are fanatics, reports The New York Times. A coded message could be a car honk, followed by a pause and two more honks.
This week, while in the US Congress. UU He was slowly grabbing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in China, regulators quickly toppled news applications and offensive social networks. On Monday, China banned several major news applications, including Jinri Toutiao, owned by Beijing-based Bytedance Technology. Then, the next day, authorities closed Neihan Duanzi, a platform for users to share spoof parodies, citing vulgar content on the platform that "caused strong resentment among Internet users."
The CEO of Toutiao, Zhang Yiming, issued an apology letter shortly afterwards for "publishing a product that collided with basic socialist values." While Toutiao is expected to return online by April 30, Duanzi has been permanently closed, according to a statement on April 10. your site China had previously banned parodies and parodies of videos in a March directive, many of which appeared in Duanzi.

Image: Neihan Duanzi

Duanzi fans are now looking for offline, but even those secret codes initiated by loyal fans violate Chinese law, reports a local media site. A bus driver was stopped and interrogated by the Qingdao traffic police after he rang the horn randomly on the street. Regulators are telling drivers to only honk when necessary and have posted signs in many parts of cities in eastern and central China, such as Qingdao and Xi'an, and prohibit inappropriate speakers. A fine of 100 yuan ($ 15.88) will be issued to offenders.
Users have lamented the loss of Duanzi in the Weibo idle account of Toutiao, which has not been removed. "I think it could be a potential threat to society or the country that Neihan Duanzi has attracted more users and has a greater power of concentration," said one user.
Some fans even organized their cars, more than 40 vehicles, to spell the Chinese character of their city, which the local police also considered "suspected of being illegal". The Chinese government often disapproves that people are organized together in large groups and rallies. . Under the relevant laws, unlicensed activities suspected of being illegal could be punishable, local media reported.


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