An insider responded to online rumors that a "newly graduated Tencent employee who expressed his dissatisfaction with management quit his job and was marked as 'never to be hired by Tencent'."
The viral project that amassed more than 10 million views in less than a week has been reduced to a flameout amid a mixture of anti-overwork sentiment and digital censorship in Chinese society.
On Thursday, top Chinese governing bodies released a collective memo, saying that the '996' work culture - a 12-hour, six-day working schedule - represents a serious violation of the law pertaining to maximum work hours.
News of incidents involving premature deaths of young tech workers in China have hit the headlines and provoked criticism against the overwork culture. However, a recent ByteDance survey uncovered employees’ mixed emotions towards the practice.
In Episode 42 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma turn their attention to the developer-led movement 996.icu, one of the few viral China tech topics in the past few months that has made it to Western media in real time and gotten a good bit of coverage.