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Chinese #MeToo Student Activists Use Blockchain to Fight Censors

  • Rare student movement seeks to avert government curbs
  • Blockchain was used as an anti-censorship tool in the petition
Peking University

Peking University

Photographer: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Student activists trying to ignite the #MeToo movement in China have turned to the technology behind bitcoin to battle government censorship.

The rare display of dissent emerged after student Yue Xin accused prestigious Peking University of trying to silence her demands for a public airing of a sexual harassment episode more than 20 years ago. While she wasn’t involved in that long-ago incident, college officials have allegedly tried to intimidate and muzzle her, Yue wrote in an open letter Monday. The school forced her to delete information about the case and asked her parents to confine her to home, the undergraduate wrote.