6,952 Sina Weibo accounts suspended for publishing irrational contents about roughly dragging female in Xi'an Subway
Published: Sep 07, 2021 12:17 AM
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A total of 6,952 Sina Weibo accounts have been suspended for publishing inappropriate comments concerning an incident in which a woman passenger was roughly dragged out of a subway car in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, by staff, including making territorial and gender attacks and even insulting the Chinese National Games.

Sina Weibo announced on Thursday that after the metro incident sparked huge concerns on the social media platform, many accounts published content that further intensified online conflict. Taking aim at these accounts, the platform temporarily suspended 6,767 accounts and permanently suspended 185.

"Please make comments rationally. Sina Weibo is willing to work with you to create and maintain a harmonious, healthy and green cyber space," Sina Weibo's official admin account posted.

On Monday, a female passenger was roughly dragged out of a metro car by a security guard in Xi'an. A video clip of the incident posted on Sina Weibo generated a storm among netizens.

In the video, a woman in a black dress can be seen arguing with an elderly man in the subway car. As she shouts at the man, a security guard comes over and asks her to leave. 

After the woman refuses, the guard roughly hauls her out of the car, causing her personal belongings to scatter all over and tearing some of her clothing off.

Many voices on Sina Weibo criticized the Xi'an metro staff, saying they did not appropriately handle the incident and did not respect women.

However, some netizens began to go overboard, posting inappropriate comments such as making jokes involving the upcoming National Games, which are set to be held in Xi'an on September 15.

"Don't get close to Xi'an, or your clothes will be torn off. Don't go to the National Games, unless you want to see the program at the opening ceremony, which involves tearing people's clothes off," one netizen wrote on Sina Weibo, whose account was banned.

Seven employees with the Xi'an Metro Group were punished on Thursday for poor management, Chinese news outlet The Paper has reported.