A Reddit user has circulated a 'China Bootlickers' list after video chat company Zoom deactivated accounts of prominent pro-democracy Chinese activists based in the U.S.
The list, republished below, includes companies which have kowtowed to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by taking actions to censor or restrict pro-democracy content, or otherwise promote CCP talking points. As Bloomberg notes, "Several tech companies were included on the list, including Activision Blizzard, which temporarily banned a gamer who voiced support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators, and Apple, which removed a mapping app in Hong Kong amid protests and pulled the Taiwan flag emoji from some iPhones."
On Thursday, three US lawmakers asked Zoom to clarify its data-collection practices, as well as its relationship with the Chinese government, according to Reuters.
Representatives Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the ranking member of a consumer subcommittee, sent a letter to Zoom CEO Eric Yuan on Thursday asking him to clarify the company’s data practices, whether any was shared with Beijing and whether it encrypted users’ communications.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley also wrote to Yuan asking him to “pick a side” between the United States and China.
The California-based firm has come under heavy scrutiny after three U.S. and Hong Kong-based activists said their accounts had been suspended and meetings disrupted after they tried to hold events related to the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Zoom said on Friday it was notified of the events and asked to take action by the Chinese government in May and early June. It said it suspended one account in Hong and two in the United States but has now reinstated these accounts and will not allow further requests from China to affect users outside the country. -Reuters
Hayman Capital Management CIO Kyle Bass said in a Friday tweet that he expects a "significant U.S. Congressional response to #zoom’s shenanigans. They have no defense."
The "China Bootlickers" list has been posted several times over the last year, which can be seen below:
Hall of Bootlickers (via /u/lebbe)
Activision / Blizzard: banned player for supporting HK democracy protest. Confiscated all his winnings. Fired his interviewers. Apologized to China: condemned incident, swore to defend China's national dignity
Activision / Blizzard: censor words related to HK protest in WoW
Activision / Blizzard: cut livestream when American U team held up pro-HK sign
Activision / Blizzard: censor "Free Hong Kong" in twitch chat of PlayHearthstone
Activision / Blizzard: ban users in its Hearthstone Twitch chat for pro-Hong Kong statements
American Express: changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, China" on its website
EA DICE: censor "Tiananmen" in Battlefield V chat
ESL: warn staff not to discuss HK protests
TikTok: censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, Falun Gong
TikTok refuses to testify to US Congress about its business in China
ZLONGAME: removed guilds with any reference to HK in Second Galaxy M
Apple: censor Taiwan flag emoji in iOS in HK
Apple: banned in Chinese App Store news app that covered HK protest
Apple: minimized the seriousness of iOS exploits that enabled China to track Uyghurs, when 1M+ of them are rounded up by China in concentration camps
Apple: handed over iCloud data & encryption keys to China
Apple: told Apple TV+ creators to avoid portraying China "in a poor light"
Apple: Safari browser sends some user IP addresses to Tencent by default
Apple refuses to testify to US Congress about its business in China
Vans: censor pro-HK democracy design in its shoe design competition
NBA (partial entry): rebuked Rockets manager for his pro-HK tweet, saying NBA was "extremely disappointed with Morey's inappropriate comment." Backpedalled after backlash, now saying they support Morey's freedom of speech.
Brooklyn Nets: owner decried Rockets GM's pro-HK freedom tweet
Houston Rockets: censored journalist who asked question about freedom of speech after China debacle
James Harden: apologized to China on behalf of his GM's pro-freedom tweet
Philly Sixers: ejected fans for supporting HK
Washington Wizards: confiscated "Free Hong Kong" sign
Christian Dior: apologize for using "incorrect" China map
Disney / ESPN: forbid mention of Chinese politics when discussing Rockets manager's HK tweet
Disney / ESPN: showed map of China on SportsCenter that acknowledged CCP's claims to nearly entire South China Sea
Disney / Marvel: censored Tibetan monk from "Doctor Strange" & turned him into white woman. Movie screenwriter: "if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place & that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit".
Disney: removed non-white characters from Chinese poster of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Disney / ESPN: told reporter to stand down on covering the NBA-China story the way he wanted
Comcast / DreamWorks: movie "Abominable" shows 9 dash line in China map
Viacom / Paramount: censor Taiwan flag from the jacket worn by Tom Cruise in new "Top Gun" movie
ASICS, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fresh, Givenchy, Pocari Sweat, Valentino, Versace, Swarovski: details here
Marriott: apologized & changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, China" after China threw a hissy fit
Marriott: fired employee who liked tweet from Tibetan group
Nike: removed Houston Rockets products from China webstore
Cathay Pacific: fired employees for FB posts supporting HK protests.
Gap: apologized for selling T-shirts IN CANADA that didn't include Taiwan as part of China
Tiffany: removed tweet showing model covering 1 eye after China accused it of supporting HK
Mercedes: apologized for quoting Dalai Lama on Instagram
American, Delta, United: deleted mention of Taiwan as a country from websites
Audi: apologized for using "incorrect" map of China that left off Taiwan
Muji: destroyed store catalogs that contain "incorrect" map of China
Zara: apologized for listing Taiwan as country
Medtronic: apologized for publishing "illegal content" that listed "Republic of China (Taiwan)" as country
Ray-Ban: changed "Taiwan" & "Hongkong" to "China Taiwan" & "China Hongkong"
Qantas, Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA: changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan China"
Sheraton: banned Taiwan National Day event due to China pressure
Shutterstock: censors search for any topics China doesn't approve: “Taiwan flag,” “dictator,” “yellow umbrella”
US universities: don't talk about 3 Ts: Tibet, Tiananmen, Taiwan
US universities: welcome China infiltrations with open arms
Leica: released ad on Tiananmen protest. Apologized & distanced itself from ad
Reddit: took $150M from Tencent. Removed thread like this
Rockhampton, Queensland: censored Taiwan flag in student project
Cisco: helped build Great Firewall including module to persecute Falun Gong
MGM: changed Red Dawn's villain from China to N Korea to placate China
Global Blue: fired staff for calling Taiwan a country
L'Oréal / Lancôme: canceled HK artist concert for her pro-democracy activism
US universities: self-censor in fear of offending China
Disney: block Winnie the Pooh website in HK