Fake news on Weibo stokes support for Trump in China Posted on November 14, 2016 by Christina Xu Update: This post has been expanded into a full article. Please see our follow-up: Watching the Election from The Post-Truth Future. Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of Christina’s recent tweetstorm. Read the full thread (including the various replies). This is the top story on Weibo rn, pushed to all users: surge in hate is “because Trump *protesters* blame Chinese Americans”. Y’all. Notification begins with: “Donald Trump elected US president triggers a series of responses: a sudden rise of domestic racial discrimination cases, overseas/ethnic Chinese scolded as ‘chinks’…” Top of screen: “#TrumpWins#”. News item headline reads: “Headline release: Against Trump, Americans march in protest, ‘not my president!’, blames Chinese people for Trump’s election?” The account lists a number of stories about racial slurs (including @wilfredchan). 1st one explicitly blames protesters; rest is implied. Highlighted paragraph reads: “According to an interview in US media outlet Nextshark, ‘My younger cousin grew up in the US. When he passed by the anti-Trump march in New York, was scolded and told to “Go back to your country, chink!'” Editor’s sidenote: NextShark has no such article, and all of their articles related to Trump are not in the president-elect’s favor: A search for “Trump” on NextShark reveals only anti-Trump stories. Retrieved November 14, 2016. This was published by an account called 美国大学百科 (Encyclopedia of American Colleges). This is HORRIFYING. Two possibilities here: 1) genuine, DEEP ignorance leading to misunderstanding of stories stripped of context. Unlikely but fucked if true. 2) More likely and much worse: 1 but willfully directed by someone(s) stoking support of Trump + defensive ethnocentrism. I can’t. Chinese American 2+ gen: PLEASE talk to your parents and family friends. 留学生 please reach out to your friends and networks. This is not OK. Takeaway isn’t “wtf China”; it’s that THIS is the level of truthbending made possible by erosion of trust in media. USA heading there too. Read the original twitter thread.