Yilong Ma, a Chinese Elon Musk impersonator, was recently banned from the Chinese versions of TikTok and Twitter.
On social media, a Chinese man has become popular due to his resemblance to Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. His account was recently banned by Chinese authorities. Explanations.
Musk’s China lookalike, aka Yilong Ma on social media, came to light in December 2021 in a short video showing him standing near a car in a garage. A disturbing video since his face is almost identical to that of Musk. In response, Elon Musk tweeted “Maybe I’m part Chinese!”. Then, Yilong Ma’s TikTok account, @mayilong0 has accumulated 238,300 subscribers and 3.9 million likes on his videos. In recent months, Yilong Ma and Elong Musk have had several indirect exchanges.
On May 9, Elon Musk also said that he would very much like to meet his Chinese double. And this, provided that it is a real person, “hard to tell with deepfakes these days”, he jokes.
A doppelganger who follows the news
So three days after Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s takeover offer, Yilong Ma was quick to react to the news. On a video available on his TikTok account, we see him standing near a car in a field. He is holding a Twitter logo printed on paper that reads “My bird.” The caption completes the message, “He is a free bird. I like it and I’m going to go see it right away. Because Elon Musk is my brother”.
But today authorities banned the Elon Musk lookalike’s accounts on Chinese social media. Likewise, his posts on Weibo have all but three been deleted. “The user is currently banned for violating the community convention” says Weibo. Finally, his account Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok also disappeared, without explanation.
A romance that does not please
These exchanges between the two men did not make Beijing laugh. This is how Yilan Ma’s accounts on the Chinese versions of TikTok and Twitter were suspended. According to the explanations, this is a response to a “violation of the policies of the platform”.
As a reminder, over the past five years, China has adopted four very specific laws. Namely, Cyber Security Act, Online Information Content Ecosystem Governance Provisions, Hong Kong National Security Act and Data Security Act.
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