Saturday, September 3, 2016

On Eve of G20 Sina Weibo Censors "G20 Disturbs the People"

On August 31, 2016, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “China’s Global Role Acknowledged at G20.” Some excerpts:
The 11th G20 Summit is one of the most significant in the 17-year history of this multilateral economic forum.
. . . .
Additionally, the organization of the G20 Summit in a Chinese city, Hangzhou, for the first time is itself an important development. China is the world major growth engine and certainly deserves the opportunity to host this leading event. In spite of some malicious Western media criticism about overspending, Hangzhou is ready to undertake this responsibility and the largest part of its residents are happy with this international initiative.
The following day the Global Times published a series of photos like the one below showing how people in China were “rolling out the welcome mat in a variety of creative ways.”
 These screenshots show that on September 1, 2016 Sina Weibo began censoring search results for “The G20 Disturbs the People” (G20 扰民).
This screenshot was taken in 2008, and shows that a search on Baidu for “The Olympics Disturbs the People” (奥运会扰民) returned no search results, only a notice saying that “Search results may relate to content that does not comply with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, and have not been displayed.”

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