Black Ops Cold War Trailer Banned in China Over Tiananmen Square Protest Footage

Official teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War gets banned in China due to footage of Tiananmen Square protests.

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Black Ops Cold War Trailer Banned in China Over Tiananmen Square Protest Footage

Last week, publisher Activision has officially confirmed upcoming first-person shooter title Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War by developer Treyarch and Raven Software through a brand-new teaser trailer, awaiting reveal on August 26, 2020.

Wanting to build up anticipation ahead of worldwide reveal, Activision and Treyarch launched a new video teasing plot of Black Ops Cold War, which almost instantly gets banned in China for showing off 1989 protests of Tiananmen Square.

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Original trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was unlisted and got replaced by an edited video later.

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Shortly after being uploaded to YouTube, first teaser trailer for Black Ops Cold War received immense backlash from Chinese government and got banned in China for featuring seconds of news footage from Tiananmen Square incident.

Recent pushback over Tiananmen Square massacre video is due to concern that such reminders can create more unrest among pro-democracy citizens, given current political climate due to an oppressive regime of Chinese Communist Party.

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Tiananmen Square protests, a student-led national movement for democracy known as June Fourth Incident that took place in 1989 and lasted for months until government sent People's Liberation Army to forcibly take control of Beijing.

Armed troops with tanks were deployed and they eventually fired at demonstrators, resulting death of thousand citizens, an event that current authoritative government ran by Communist Party of China has been actively trying to censor.

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Those who are unaware of 1989 protests of Tiananmen Square can take a look at following coverage by ABC News.

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Activision quickly reacted to China ban by uploading a second video that doesn't have video recording of Tiananamen Square protests and once again, a Western company bends the knee to strict censorship of Chinese Communist Party.

Although no official statement were released by Activision yet for pulling off original Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer, their interest was to protect access for Black Ops reboot in Chinese market and not getting banned at launch.
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