Sunday, June 1, 2014

China’s Major Internet Companies Censor Nonsense (Literally) In An Effort to Block Information About Events on June 4, 1989

These screenshots were taken on May 27, and show that Baidu, Qihoo, Sina Weibo, and Tencent Weibo were all censoring search results for “May 35” (5月35日), which is another way of writing “June 4.”

This screenshot shows that Tencent Weibo was censoring search results for “Willow Silk” (柳丝), which sounds like “Six Four” (六四) in Chinese.

This screenshot shows that Qihoo was censoring “VIIIIXVIIV,” which is 8 9 6 4 in roman numerals: VIII | IX | VI | IV.