China Has Deleted the Tiananmen Square Riots From the Internet

Sep 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM ET

In the West, the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre of 25 years ago are essential to the way we view China. In Beijing and throughout that country, however, many don’t even know about the riots and the government’s brutal response. How is this possible in the Information Age?

The answer goes beyond the removal of this seminal event from school textbooks or political discourse. As Vocativ discovered in partnership with MSNBC, the Chinese government has been waging a constant fight against any mention of the Tiananmen riots in their state-monitored social media. The result, as we saw in Beijing for ourselves, is a generation of Chinese raised on the internet ignorant of the history right under their feet.