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YouTube suspends channel of Chinese vlogger who posts about his life in war-torn Ukraine

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YouTube has reportedly suspended a Chinese vlogger from posting videos of his daily life in war-torn Ukraine for violating content policy.

Wang Jixian, a 36-year-old programmer living in the city of Odessaopenly criticized Russia in his videos, while his native beijing would have supported Moscow behind closed doors.

The vlogger posted a video on Douyin on February 24 about the invasion, which Russia often calls a “special military operation”. At the time, he just wanted to show his parents that he was fine.

However, as Russian troops continued to destroy Ukrainian cities, Wang became an unofficial voice of Chinese resistance. After posting his first YouTube video about Ukraine, he amassed more than 100,000 subscribers.

Wang’s videos, however, sparked outrage among Chinese nationalists, with some accusing him of being a “national traitor”.

“You don’t need that Chinese passport anymore, you already forgot which country you come from,” a Douyin user wrote. “The country’s official position should be the position of all Chinese people.”

Wang’s YouTube suspension came following a March 28 video, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. It featured Odessa with sounds of air raid sirens and explosive missiles. The video also showed Ukrainian fighters capturing Russian soldiers, among other images.

The now-deleted video also saw Wang turn his attention to Chinese state media, which often replicates Russian talking points. The vlogger shared photographic evidence of the Ukrainian military capturing Russian tanks, which supposedly debunks Chinese reports that Moscow has the upper hand.

In its suspension notice, YouTube said Wang’s video included “violent content.” Wang, who denied the request, said the decision was made five minutes after he appealed.

“YouTube says my account has been flagged for violent content, which breaks the rules, but where’s the violence? I didn’t upload any pictures [of violence] in my video,” Wang told RFA.

“It was a frontline war report,” he added. “In my appeal, I asked them to say which videos or photos were not allowed, but within five minutes of my submitting the appeal, YouTube sent their final decision that my account was suspended for one week.”

Wang doesn’t blame YouTube; rather, he points the finger at the “ulterior motives” of the person who denounced him. Prior to the suspension, he reportedly received messages and comments that discouraged him from provoking the Chinese government and being “too aggressive”.

For now, Wang is posting videos on Twitter and his other youtube channel. Meanwhile, all of his Chinese social media accounts have been shut down.

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