Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Baidu, Sina, and Tencent Begin Censoring Name of Activist Son and His Dead Father

Xue Fushun (薛福顺) was the father of Xue Mingkai (薛明凯).

Xue Mingkai was convicted of subverting state power several years ago.

Xue Fushun died in late January at the offices of the People's Procuratorate in Qufu, Shandong.

These screenshots were taken on February 6, 2014, and show that Sina Weibo was censoring searches for “Xue Mingkai Suicide” (薛明凯 自杀), but not for “Xue Mingkai” or “Suicide.”

These screenshots show that the next day, Sina Weibo began censoring searches for “Xue Fushun.”

The following screenshots show that on February 11, Baidu, Sina Weibo, and Tencent Weibo all began censoring searches for “Xu Fushun” and “Xue Mingkai.”