LGBT activists and lesbians flooded China’s Weibo with rainbow images, supportive messages and selfies in protest against their silencing by the social media platform. Photo: Weibo

Small victory for China’s online lesbian community as censored forum is restored, but another remains blocked

  • Social media ban on same-sex discussion forum reversed after weekend of protest
  • Straight allies join LGBT fight for freedom to talk about experiences
Topic |   China Society

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LGBT activists and lesbians flooded China’s Weibo with rainbow images, supportive messages and selfies in protest against their silencing by the social media platform. Photo: Weibo
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The Chinese government has been pushing social media companies to be more proactive in censoring content. Photo: Reuters

Latest crackdown on Chinese social media sees dozens of high-profile Weibo accounts silenced

  • Microblogging platform says accounts have been suspended or closed for publishing ‘politically harmful’ material
  • Victims of purge include outspoken liberal intellectual Yu Jianrong even though he says he stopped discussing politics two years ago
Topic |   Censorship in China

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The Chinese government has been pushing social media companies to be more proactive in censoring content. Photo: Reuters
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