Because U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visited Taiwan, CCP officials repeatedly threatened to retaliate with drastic measures, causing related topics to continuously come into hot searches on Weibo. However, after she arrived, the CCP could do nothing. Then Weibo suddenly blocked IP addresses in mainland China. Information about social platforms like Weibo and TikTok crashed shortly after Pelosi’s plane landed in Taiwan attracting attention.
Recently, after the news of Pelosi’s visit was released, the CCP media regularly issued statements of harsh protest, and officials made tough signals such as military exercises and war preparations. Hu Xijin, the former editor-in-chief of the Global Times, even called for “the use of military measures” in response to Pelosi’s visit because this was “the bottom line that China cannot be shaken.”
However, according to China Digital Times, after Pelosi actually arrived in Taiwan, some Chinese netizens discovered that Weibo had started blocking IP addresses in mainland China. When Chinese users go to the Weibo platform, an error message will appear. According to netizens, after refreshing the Weibo page many times, they still can’t connect.
Since then, the phrase “crashed Weibo” has become a hot search. Some netizens said that after being unable to access Weibo for two hours, they suddenly felt separated from the world. Other netizens bluntly said: “It is not necessary to block domestic IPs” or “a lot of Chinese people will feel some kind of humiliation tonight.”
According to Vision Times, some netizens speculated that Weibo “crashed” by the time Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on the evening of August 2, indicating that network administrators may be concerned that public opinion inside the firewall will escape their control, (such as flocking to Weibo comments to mock that the Chinese officials’ words do not match their actions).
Although the Weibo service issued an apology at 2:52 am on August 3, saying that due to the failure of the automatic expansion system, the broadband capacity of the machine rooms in Yongfeng, Beijing, and other places have exceeded the limit, affecting the user’s access rights.
However, Vision Times quoted a Chinese netizen who said bluntly: “Whether it’s because of such large traffic that it crashes or intentionally blocks users because of the ‘human’ factor. Everyone knows it.”
There were a lot of searches on Weibo’s hot search earlier regarding Pelosi’s visit, and there were a large number of “failed comments” under each topic. Many mainland netizens expressed their dissatisfaction and disappointment with the officials’ behavior. Some even were “angry to the point of crying.”
Some netizens mocked: “Officials raised their voices like that but did not expect that in the end, the whole country would welcome the old lady (referring to Pelosi) to the airport.”
Zhao Lijian said that if she (Pelosi) dared to go to Taiwan, then let me “wait and see, the battlefield is ready. But in the end, that ‘expected thing’ was watching Pelosi flying to Taiwan.”
Some people mocked saying: “Now we can’t post on Weibo. It’s not promising, and it’s too embarrassing”; “The first form of punishment (Taiwan) is to close the Weibo server,” “Tonight everyone’s face hurt a lot, their face was hit very hard, and I laughed until my face hurt. This joy can be compared to a New Year’s Day, and it is much more interesting than a skit,” ”The red line of the CCP is drawn over and over again and then retreated. Today it is drawn to the red carpet welcoming Pelosi.”
In addition, Oriental daily said, TikTok’s live broadcast of “Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan” and related search terms had not been displayed as usual for a period of time.
According to Vision Times, many mainland netizens are dissatisfied and disappointed with the CCP’s behavior of what it says doesn’t match what is actually does.