Microblogging site Weibo reveals big changes after government rebuke
New layout emerges after week-long closure of trending topics section
A key feature of one of the most popular social sites in China has returned after government pressure forced Weibo to close part of the site for a week.
Now Hot Search has re-emerged with a difference: State propaganda articles are given prominence above other trends. On Monday morning, an article from state media titled “Rural Revitalization in the New Era” sat on top of the actual ranking.
Weibo users don’t seem too impressed with the changes.
“Filling the trending list with patriotic news: Is this the right way to bring positive energy to our society?” asked one user.
Another wrote, “Hot Search has come back, but it isn’t much fun anymore. The kind of news that made people laugh is now gone. There isn’t much on the trending list that I want to read.”