Recently, over 61,000 hours (equivalent to 7 years) of virus-related videos were created by uploaders. Virus-related technical and scientific videos were viewed over 360 million times with over 72 million user interactions
Last Wednesday, Chinese short video platform Bilibili presented a documentary “在武汉 – In Wuhan”, the first of its kind to document the realities of life in Hubei capital city during novel coronavirus outbreak. The documentary, that is exclusive shown on Bilibili, has been viewed nearly 900,000 times only the first day and it will be updated every Wednesday.
The movie describes the lives, and struggles, of ordinary people stranded in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The first episode titled “Lifeline on the wheels” tells the story of volunteer drivers servicing Wuhan’s hospitals.Due to to assist the front-line medical staff in their commutes, many taxi drivers in Wuhan have signed up as volunteers. During the past month, as people was forced to stay home all across the country, Bilibili became a hub for all sorts of COVID-19 related content, both educational or entertaining.
As of now, over 61,000 hours (equivalent to 7 years) of virus-related videos were created by users on Bilibili, said media. Virus-related technical and scientific videos were viewed over 360 million times with over 72 million user interactions. Music-related videos including online concerts and “cloud clubbing” content were viewed over 400 million times. This included Modern Sky’s “Stay at Home Strawberry” livestreamed music festival, which attracted 1.28 million viewers.
In the meantime, recognizing that over 80% of Bilibili’s users are China’s Generation Z (born between 1990 and 2009), many schools and other educational institutions in China have embraced Bilibili as an agency through which they deliver online learning content to students staying at home. Bilibili also streams free online courses from well-known educational organizations and institutions like Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Tsinghua University, national tutoring service TAL Education Group and the e-learning company Youdao Premium Courses.