China Launches Social Media Purge to Silence Shanghai Lockdown Critics — Claims ‘False Information’

The Chinese Communist Party’s public security department recently pursued criminal charges against “25 rumormongers and imposed administrative penalties on 48 others” for promoting allegedly false accounts online about the Party’s anti-epidemic measures during Shanghai’s ongoing Chinese coronavirus lockdown, the state-run Global Times reported on Wednesday.

Policemen wearing protective gear are seen on a street during the second stage of a pandemic lockdown in Jing' an district in Shanghai on April 5, 2022. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Back to Normal? Cannes Film Festival Prepares to Party

After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.

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San Jose City Workers Forced to Mask Up Again

Officials are forcing city workers in San Jose, California, to mask up on the job yet again out of an “abundance of caution” as the country as a whole continues to move in the direction of pre-pandemic normalcy. 

A man wearing an American flag mask directs traffic at a construction site in Chelsea on August 17, 2020 in New York. - Since the start official restart of construction in New York City workers have access to increased worksite hygiene as well as enhanced health screening requirements. (Photo by …