Give me context… China is using its economic power to pressure big American companies to shut up and not criticize the authoritarian Chinese regime. The conflict has erupted this week with the NBA.
The general manager of the Houston Rockets of the NBA, Daryl Morey, twitted on support of democracy and Hong Kong’s protesters.
Remember. China and Hong Kong hate each other and in Hong Kong there are (very violent) protests vs China, who is trying to take away HK’s autonomy and democracy. Yes, HK belongs to China but it has its own government. I explain you the conflict here.
Because of Morey’s support for Hong Kong, China decided to stop broadcasting the Rockets games.
The problem. The NBA doesn’t want to risk losing multimillion dollar contracts with the Chinese. So Morey ended up erasing the twit. This is exactly why the NBA has been very much criticized. For not defending freedom of speech.
Other companies that have been influenced by China.
Nike: They removed all the Rockets stuff from the Chinese stores.
Twitter and Facebook: The Chinese government has created hundreds of accounts to spread false information about the Hong Kong’s protests.
Activision Blizzard: The video game company suspended a professional Hearthstone player for statements supporting Hong Kong.
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