Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Global Times Reports Instagram Blocked, Sina Weibo Censors "Instagram"

At 8:00 am on September 30, 2014, the state sponsored Global Times reported:
“Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc (FB.O), has been blocked in Chinese mainland.”
These screenshots were taken shortly after the Global Times article was published, and show that Sina Weibo was restricting search results for “Instagram” to a limited subset of verified accounts it had designated as “Top Picks.”


Monday, September 29, 2014

Sina Weibo Begins Censoring "Hong Kong Students," "Scholarism," and "Joshua Wong"

At around 2:00 am on September 28, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “Over 60 Arrested in HK Protests.” Some excerpts:
A demonstration in Hong Kong by members of student protest groups the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism on Friday night resulted in the arrest of over 60 people.
At around 10 pm on Friday night, during a week-long boycott of classes, hundreds of students stormed into Civil Square, a sealed off public space next to the government headquarters, while thousands of protesters had gathered outside in support of the students.
The leader of the Scholarism group, 17-year-old student Joshua Wong Chi-fung, was denied bail on Saturday after being charged with trespassing on government-controlled property, breaching the peace and engaging in illegal protest.
These screenshots show that, within the 24 hours after the publication of the Global Times piece, Sina Weibo began censoring “Scholarism,” (学民思潮) “Joshua Wong Chi-fung (黃之鋒),” and “Hong Kong Students” (香港 学生).




Baidu Begins Censoring "Hong Kong Students" and "Hong Kong Tear Gas"



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sina Weibo Begins Censoring "Hong Kong Tear Gas"

On the evening of September 28, 2014, Sina Weibo began restricting search results for "Hong Kong Police" (香港 催泪弹). These screenshots were taken around 9:30 pm, and show that a user entering that search would only receive results in the categories "Top Picks" and "Websites." Clicking on the link labeled "View all search results" leads the user to a page that says "In accordance with with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, search results for 'Hong Kong Tear Gas' have not been displayed." (根据相关法律法规和政策,“香港 催泪弹”搜索结果未予显示。)


In contrast, this screenshot was taken an hour earlier, and shows that when a user did the same search and clicked on the link labeled "View all search results," they were shown results from non-verified accounts, and were told there were over 700 search results.


Sina Weibo Begins Censoring "Hong Kong Police"

On the evening of September 28, 2014, Sina Weibo began restricting search results for "Hong Kong Police" (香港 警察). These screenshots were taken around 9:30 pm, and show that a user entering that search would only receive results in the categories "Media," "Websites," and "Famous People." Clicking on the link labeled "View all search results" leads the user to a page that says "Sorry, unable to find any search results related to "Hong Kong Police."


In contrast, this screenshot was taken several hours earlier, and shows that when a user did the same search and clicked on the link labeled "View all search results," they were shown results from non-verified accounts, and are told there are over 2 million search results.