Skip to content

Top China Livestreamer Goes Offline Before Tiananmen Anniversary

  • ‘Lipstick brother’ Li Jiaqi was given cake shaped like a tank
  • China’s internet censors block any mention of June 4 crackdown

A top Chinese livestream salesman’s show abruptly disappeared from China’s internet, prompting speculation he offended censors by showing a piece of cake shaped like a tank just before the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

Li Jiaqi’s show got cut off on Friday shortly after a woman appeared on camera holding the dessert, which appeared to be made of chocolate bars and cookies, according to screenshots posted on Twitter. While Li’s previous shows were still available on Taobao’s livestreaming platform, Friday’s episode wasn’t.