On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being cautious in both posting and reposting, he was still prevented from logging in. In this new statement, Shi Tao denounces the operators of WeChat and NetEase for aiding the censors. In 2004, Shi Tao was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for "providing state secrets to foreign entities,” after he sent overseas a summary of a Chinese official directive entitled “Notification Regarding Current Efforts to Maintain Stability” in advance of on the 15th anniversary of June Fourth. He was released in 2013.