Anime-themed video streaming website BiliBili received a letter on Friday from Chinese singer Cai Xukun’s lawyer to take down defamatory videos of the Chinese idol, not from the law firm itself, but via netizen reposts on Weibo.

In the Weibo post dated Friday, BiliBili said it “cares about the feelings of Mr. Cai Xukun” and that it trusts legal professionals to reach a fair judgement. The post sparked heated debate on the microblogging site, reaching 510 million reads as of Monday afternoon. The post ended with a link to a commentary piece from state media agency People.cn that calls on public figures to be more tolerant about minor criticism.

BiliBili declined to comment when reached by TechNode.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com