In 2019, Jack Ma stated that workers should consider 996 "a huge blessing" to "achieve the success one wants without paying extra effort and time." Months after an "anti-996" protest was launched via GitHub. The culture of overtime work has a long history in Chinese IT companies, where the focus is typically on speed and cost reduction. The 996 working hour system has a bad impact on the health of employees. The Anti-996 posters intended to help people who are suffering from 996 to speak out, in order to get more attention from society.
Since the Anti-996 recently developed into an online movement, the slogan is “We the workers refuse to be exploited, we fight for equality”. The poster Anti-996 Manifesto introduces the 996 with a handwritten slogan. The letter G was written like a hammer and sickle, a symbol meant to represent proletarian solidarity, representing Anti-996 is a "war" between working class and capitals.
By using visual language to expose what happened in the IT industry, this could let people pay more attention to this social issue.