Rubber duckies advancing on a man standing in front of them at Tiananmen Square.

What Is The 'Tiananmen Square Copypasta'? The Censorship Hack To Silence Gamers Explained

If you ever need to win an online argument with a Chinese user, there is one surefire trick according to meme lore: bring up the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

4chan users arguing on long threads and in gaming chatrooms with Chinese users figured out they could enlist the Great Firewall and China's army of internet censors to do their work for them. Bringing up a forbidden topic like Tiananmen Square led to an automatic internet service disconnection and ban.

So what exactly is this copypasta and how is it used around the world online? Let's explain.

Im Japanese. Recently, Chinese con-artists tried to contact us with Japanese texting app (like whatsapp) But Japanese know how to handle Chinese thugs. Just texting em back "june 4th Tiananmen Square massacre" in Chinese languge( ) Then BOOM! That poor Chinese guy's internet access is cut out by CCP. You can try this when Chinese harass you online. 2 hours ago (edited)

What Happened At Tiananmen Square?

In June 1989, a massive pro-democracy protest movement swept across China, centered on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Rather than listening to protestors, however, the government chose to use massive and overwhelming military force to crush the demonstrators, killing upwards of 2,000 according to estimates.

After the protests, the Chinese government created a massive censorship campaign to erase public memory of what happened, banning all discussion in the media and online. The notorious Great Firewall of internet censorship around China works diligently to scrub any references to Tiananmen Square and other events that show the Party in a bad light.

POKYPATYP ABTOHOMHot PECIVETIIA MPM Actual History Chinese Government Between 200-2000 demonstrators were murdered by the Chinese Army Nothing happened

Where Did The Tiananmen Square Copypasta Come From?

In 2016, a South Korean poster on 4chan arguing with a Chinese user on the /int/ board posted the earliest findable version of the copypasta, which includes a variety of terms that Chinese internet censorship algorithms tend to catch and take down.

Anonymous Mon 12 Sep 2016 04:18:57 No.64771233 E Report Quoted By: >64771315 >64771488 64771607 64765985 I Love Chinese dude >动态网自由门六四天安門事件The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 198964天安門大屠殺The Tiananmen Square Massa cre反右派鬥爭The Anti-Rightist Stnuggle 大躍進政策The Great Leap Forward文化大革命 The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution人權Human Rights 民運Democratization自由 Freedom獨立Independenae多黨制Multi-party system 台灣臺灣 Taiwan Fomosa中華民國 Republic of China西藏 土伯特唐古特Tibet 達賴喇嘛 Dalai Lama法輪功 Falun Dafa新疆維吾爾自治區The Xnjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region諾貝爾和平獎Nobel Peace Prize劉暁波Liu Xiaobo 民主言論思想反共反革命抗議運動騷亂暴亂 騷擾 擾亂抗暴平反維權示威游行李洪志法輪大法大法弟 子強制種強制堕胎民族爭化人體實驗肅清胡耀邦 趙易魏京生王丹還政於民和平演變激流中國北京之春 大 紀元時報九評論共産黨獨裁專制壓制監視鎮壓迫害侵略掠奪破壞拷問屠殺活摘器官 誘拐買賣人口遊進走私 毒品賣淫春畫賭博 Free uyahur Free Tibet六合彩

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The tactic spread widely across 4chan, with many joking (in a dark way) about seeing the power of authoritarian state surveillance used against citizens.

Anonymous 11/26/18(Mon)19:35:16 No.785900431 >be me, playing WoW >play on asian servers because NA servers are too easy >2 Chinese players bully me >type "June 4th 1989, Tian an Men Square Massacre" 22 KB JPG >Both disconnect >mfw I just sent two inncoent children to a Chinese Labor Camp and got their whole family executed

What Does The Tiananmen Square Copypasta Mean?

Memes and the people who make them often have a complicated relationship with authority. The internet is a place where the actions of governments and big companies often collide with the joyful chaos of users doing what they want to do, leading to friction.

Triggering government censors could be seen as a sophisticated hack of the censorship machine, or an act of protest, in some way illustrating the power and force of the Chinese government's anti-free speech commitment.

动态网自由门天安門 天安门 法輪功 李洪志 Free Tibet六四天安門事件 The Tiananmen Square protests bf 1989 天安門大屠殺 The Tiananmen Square Massacre tiM The Anti-Rightist Struggle e The Great Leap Forward tt# The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution A Human Rights EI Democratization É H Freedom . Independence Multi-party system f *

For the full history of the Tiananmen Square copypasta, be sure to check out GotFunnyPictures's entry for even more information.

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