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China’s censorship apparatus goes into overdrive every year as the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre nears. So it wasn’t surprising that the Chinese internet, particularly the virtual private networks that are used to scale the “Great Firewall,” saw a spike in disruption last week. This year, however, the censorship was taken to a new extreme, with the social media platform Douban preemptively silencing influential accounts by suspending their ability to post in the lead-up to Friday. And the popular startup Xiaohongshu is being investigated by Chinese internet…

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