“For those outside China, it’s difficult to overstate Austin Li’s level of fame. With 150 million followers, he used livestreams to sell millions of dollars’ worth of products every night. That all changed in June: He disappeared in the middle of a stream after he presented a tank-shaped ice cream cake on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. When he vanished, many assumed he was gone for good. But in September he re-emerged, as suddenly as he left.” Rest of World: The Return of the Lipstick King.

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