The news exploded on social media on July 11 after some prominent influencer accounts were slow to learn of the news. It became a trending topic on Weibo that day, with users questioning whether WPS violated their privacy. Since then, the Chinese publication “Economic Observer”, reported Drafts of several other online novelists have been locked in the past for unknown reasons.
MiTu’s complaint has sparked a social media discussion in China about censorship and responsibility for tech platforms.It also highlights tensions among Chinese users Raise privacy awareness And the obligation of tech companies to conduct scrutiny on behalf of the government. “In this case, maybe we see that these two things could really collide,” said Tom Nunlist, a China network and data policy analyst at Beijing-based research firm Trivium China.
While MiTu’s document has been kept online and was previously shared with an editor in 2021, she said she was the only one who edited it this year, but was suddenly locked out. “The content is so clean that it can even be published in [literature] website, but WPS decided to lock it down. Who gave it the right to see users’ private files and arbitrarily decide what to do with them? ‘ she wrote.
In 1989, the Chinese software company Kingsoft WPS was first released claim 310 million monthly users. It benefits in part from government grants and contracts as the Chinese government looks to back its own companies over foreign rivals on security grounds.