Com­pany pun­ished for ex­ploit­ing im­ages

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

Au­thor­i­ties in Shang­hai have fined a lo­cal In­ter­net firm 15,000 yuan ($2,262.99) and sus­pended all trad­ing for two months after the com­pany up­loaded in­sult­ing pho­tos and memes of sur­viv­ing “com­fort women” from the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (1931-45).

The pic­tures, ac­com­pa­nied by flip­pant and de­grad­ing re­marks, were culled from a new doc­u­men­tary film record­ing the har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of these women.

Many ne­ti­zens com­plained the de­ci­sion to use the mock­ing im­ages was in­sen­si­tive and ex­ploita­tive and noth­ing more than a cyn­i­cal ploy to cash in on other peo­ple’s mis­for­tune. Other ne­ti­zens added that these women have suf­fered enough al­ready and that their pri­vacy should not have been in­vaded purely for en­ter­tain­ing and com­mer­cial pur­poses.

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