Sunday, September 28, 2014

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.