Text editor releases ‘Free Uyghur’ edition, gets swamped with Chinese spam

By Colin Lecher
@colinlecher
Oct 30, 2019, 5:35pm EDT

This week, the developer of the popular text- and code-editing software Notepad++ released a new version update. Nothing seemed particularly strange about it, except maybe the name: Notepad++ v7.8.1 is the “Free Uyghur” edition.

In a blog post announcing the updated version, developer Don Ho writes about the plight of the Uyghur people, an ethnic minority in China that’s faced persecution from the country’s authoritarian government. China operates internment camps that are used to detain Uyghur people throughout the country’s Xinjiang region.

“The fact you have just learned such information is already an action in and of itself,” Ho writes in the announcement. “But you can involve more people to focus on this issue and hopefully apply additional pressure on the Chinese government to stop their oppressive actions and crimes concerning the Uyghur people.”

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