Chinese review platform Douban suspends reply function amid Beijing’s crackdown on social media
- Douban cited ‘technical reasons’ for suspending its reply function until September 13
- The platform has become a popular online meeting place for users to discuss the latest gossip and updates in China’s entertainment industry
Users of Douban will not be able to reply to any posts and articles on the platform until September 13, according to a notice that pops up whenever users try to reply to a published post. The platform has become a popular online meeting place for users to discuss the latest gossip and updates in China’s entertainment industry.
Douban did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Speculation has been rife that Douban was taking action to align with rectification efforts in the social media and entertainment industries. “Those entertainment groups need to be rectified for good,” a Weibo user posted.
“Is Douban facing large-scale rectification? While fans brought a lot of traffic to Douban, they also initiated many quarrels … Douban has become a battlefield for fan groups,” another Weibo user commented.
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Following Douban’s reply function suspension, a number of its users have moved on to other apps including one called Tape. This social media app, which touts that it “only shows content that you follow and subscribe to” rather than using algorithm-based online recommendations, on Monday started encouraging Douban users to make the switch.
“Hi friends from Douban, thanks for coming. But we also need to explain that we are a relatively small app and some functions are not perfect,” said Tape’s message, which also indicated that it has added new servers to handle any increase in user traffic.