Chinese influencer banned from social media over ‘ostentatious’ wealth

Chinese influencer banned from social media over ‘ostentatious’ wealth

THE WHAT? Chinese influencer Wang Hongquanxong has been removed from social media platforms after falling foul of the country’s crackdown on displays of ostentatious wealth. His accounts have been deactivated for violating ‘self-discipline’ rules.

THE DETAILS According to a report published by the Financial Times, China’s answer to Kim Kardashian was banned from Weibo, Douyin and Xiaohongshu together with several other social media accounts, among them Mr Bo and Sister Abalone, charged with ‘creating ostentatious personas’.

THE WHY? The Cyberspace Administration of China announced in April that it was cracking down on those who are ‘deliberately showcasing a lavish lifestyle built on wealth’, the Financial Times reports. “Once materialism starts spreading, it can have a bad influence on teenagers… Hence this trend of luxury on the internet needs to be stopped,” the state media reported, per the Financial Times.