True Lies: China Hides “Truth” on Sina Weibo

Several media sources reported last week that China’s popular microblogging service Sina Weibo had blocked the word “truth” from its search function.  Though Sina later unblocked the term, the incident showcases the complexities of online censorship in China. Sina Weibo, which is China’s answer to Twitter, has more than 300 million users.  A Hong Kong-based [...]

Chinese Censorship Aimed at Preventing Collective Action

Back in 2009 when President Obama paid his first visit to China, the President came out and stated that he was a “big supporter of non-censorship,” claiming that criticism helped him to better serve the needs of the American people. “The more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes as citizens can hold their governments [...]

China fast forwards censorship; requires prescreening of online videos

China has announced changes to its online video content regulation.  The changes require sites that host online videos to pre-screen user-posted content for material “that is deemed inappropriate.”  China’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) issued an official notice of the policy change on July 9. According to Huffington Post, these changes were [...]

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