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China’s Weibo bans LGBTQ content, takes it back after huge outcry

Chinese social media company Sina Weibo has reversed its decision to ban LGBTQ-related content, after an overwhelming amount of backlash online. One of the largest social media platforms in China, often compared in format to Twitter, Weibo announced on Friday that it would be removing LGBTQ-related content in order to “create a sunny and harmonious...CONTINUE READING

Chinese reporter’s viral eye roll gets censored on social media

China’s annual “two sessions” meetings are as serious as they come when it comes to political affairs. Taking place in Beijing, the event predictably gets extensive coverage in China. Yet a viral eye roll by reporter Liang Xiangyi has upstaged the stony-faced gathering, leading to her being censored on social media. SEE ALSO: Chinese messaging...CONTINUE READING

China hasn’t forgiven Katy Perry yet, so she won’t be able to play the Victoria’s Secret show

It seems China hasn’t quite forgiven Katy Perry yet. The singer has been reportedly denied a visa to China, ruining plans to perform at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show at the end of the month.  SEE ALSO: Katy Perry’s $9.5-million mansion will make you roar Perry was originally slated to perform in Shanghai, according to...CONTINUE READING

Weibo blocked users from posting photos on Tiananmen Square anniversary

Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, blocked millions of its overseas users from posting pictures or video yesterday, on the anniversary of Tiananmen Square. The ban over the weekend was simply announced as a “systems update,” but people noticed that local users were also not able to change their profile information, nor post photos or videos...CONTINUE READING
Category:Censorship, China, Weibo

The US wants to check Chinese visitors' social media profiles

The U.S. border control is seeking to check Chinese visitors’ social media profiles. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to publish a proposal asking travellers from China to disclose what social media platforms they use, and what their handles are, according to Politico. SEE ALSO: U.S.-born NASA scientist says border agents made him turn...CONTINUE READING
Category:Immigration, Weibo

How China’s most enduring meme has lasted a decade

If you’ve spent any time on Chinese social media, you would’ve found it impossible to miss this unique style of reaction images. They’re often cartoonishly drawn outlines around a black-and-white photo, and they’ve become a part of everyday usage on platforms like Weibo and Wechat. Image: UBiaoqing/Baozoumanhua/Mashable CompositeTurns out, this image style has been a...CONTINUE READING
Category:China, Meme, Memes, Wechat, Weibo

China censors ‘RIP’ and the candle emoji as people mourn Nobel Peace Prize winner

Shortly after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death was announced, China’s biggest social network has started censoring a host of words — and even emoji — typically used in mourning posts. Users on Weibo found on Friday that they couldn’t search for the candle emoji, as well as keywords like RIP.  SEE ALSO: Sick...CONTINUE READING
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