back to article Chinese AI censors live-streamed Alpacas – beasts with a very NSFW and political back story

Douyin, the Chinese app known as TikTok in the rest of the world, is apparently censoring Alpacas. Yes, Alpacas, the llama-related beasties that produce lovely wool and can be quite cute. So cute that a few Chinese citizens manage to make a little cash live-streaming vision of their coiffed and costumed alpacas on Douyin. …

  1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

    TikTok's autocaptioning software seems to think "Tiananmen Square" is written as "t m n square" or "cinnamon square".

    I wonder why that could be...

    1. alain williams Silver badge

      Overload censoring mechanisms

      Winnie the Pooh is banned in China as he was used when Xi Jinping could not be used.

      Maybe start using Napoleon Bonaparte instead, then Julius Cesar, then ... - eventually so many will be censored that the censors will start to look stupid.

      1. Wzrd1 Silver badge

        Re: Overload censoring mechanisms

        Mockery has taken many an authoritarian regime down a peg.

        That higher peg already being beneath contempt...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a lot of llama drama

    Alpaca my bags...

    1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

      Re: What a lot of llama drama

      With apologies to the only bit of Prison Break that rose above the grade of woeful:

      Cool, Llamas

      They're Alpacas

      A pack o' llamas.

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

        Re: What a lot of llama drama

        W'ool I'll be.

  3. chuBb.

    Cao ni got me through my mandarin oral exam when i was learning the language, at the time the novelty of a western student learning mandarin pretty much meant i could pass as long as i spoke gibberish fluently.

    So "wo ai che zhong mao (i like eating panda), wo ai che gong gong qi che (i like eating public busses), wo ai he pi jao (i like drinking beer), cao ni, cao ni, cao ni (fuck you, fuck you, fuck you), wo bu dong (i dont understand), xie xie (thank you)" got me a pass mark

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The mistake on 啤酒 probably cost you a point though ;)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hong Kong's internet and social media is not (yet) censored as the mainland is, so it's not much of a test.

    And to be sure, yes, that also applies to Chinese social media too, which are handled differently on the mainland.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There really should be a link to the (NSFW in a Chinese language environment) music video:

    The music comes from the Chinese version of the Smurfs cartoon.

    1. Quinch

      What, no perennial Llama Song?

  6. aldolo

    cute animal

    once in a while internet is not a dark world

  7. John Savard

    The Last Time I Heard That Pun

    ...was in a poem by Ogden Nash.

    Or at least in a comment about it...

    The one-L Lama,

    He's a priest;

    The two-L llama,

    He's a beast.

    And I will bet

    A silk pyjama

    There isn't any

    Three-L lllama. which someone commented that one can have a fire that is a "three alarmer".

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