Weibo bans gay content as part of 'clean-up'

A person uses the popular social app Weibo

NETIZENS in China have put an abrupt stop to social media site Sina Weibo's plans to ban all material relating to gay culture in what they called a 3-month "clean-up" effort.

China has a notorious history with censorship - generally as it involves sex, violence and the portrayal of China itself - but its record on homosexual-themed content and LGBT matters has been mixed.

The latest controversy came after Weibosaid (link in Chinese) Friday evening that it would for the next three months clear cartoons, games and videos, including those that have gay themes or are violent or pornographic, citing "laws and regulations".

The official Sina Weibo account states that the new guidelines were implemented to "fulfill corporate responsibility" and to "create a bright and harmonious community environment". Many users included hashtags such as #Iamgay or #Iamgaynotapervert in their posts.

Another wrote: "I am gay and I'm proud, even if I get taken down there are tens of millions like me". At the end of the article, he made his Weibo account public, and chose to come out as gay despite long fears of discrimination. Numerous dissenting posts complaining about the ban were themselves blocked by Weibo.

Much of China's LGBT community has been forced underground.

The move has gone down well with the Internet users who started holding an online protest with hashtag #I am gay which was used 170,000 times before the Weibo ultimately banned it.

Man City crowned Premier League champions
And why can't he dominate this league playing the way he plays? "I'm probably the first one to think about next season". Silva had to take time away from City earlier this season to spend time with his family and new-born son Mateo.

Salah joins 30-goal club, breaks Didier Drogba's English Premier League record
If you had a choice between the Champions League and [honours like the Golden Boot] then of course the Champions League .

Lennie James Thinks Morgan Will Return To 'The Walking Dead'
And, if so, just how big of one will we get? Read on only if you have already watched the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead . He chose to stick around to help her bring some of Georgie's plans to reality, something she looked genuinely pleased to hear.

China's LGBT community and their allies responded immediately to the announcement with hashtag campaigns, with the declaration #我是同性恋# (I am gay) reaching almost 300 million views before it was blocked on Saturday.

"I support Sina in clearing out pornographic content, but it definitely must not do so as before and target homosexuality - that kind of discrimination is wrong", wrote one user.

The site attempted to crack down on the protest by deleting posts and censoring words such as "gay".

The Cybersecurity Law doesn't mention LGBT issues, and the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001 removed homosexuality and bisexuality from their list of illnesses.

Just last week the site's owners revealed it would be banning all content - including photos and videos - that were "related to homosexuality".

In an interview with CNN, Hua Zile, founder of a Weibo page focused on gay rights that was told it would be shut down, said he felt "totally surprised and touched" by the new announcement.

The official People's Daily in a Saturday opinion piece published on Weibo (link in Chinese) said that "it is common sense to respect people's sexual orientation" and that "being gay is not a mental disease". "Gay people who would not have spoken out years ago are now letting their voices be heard".

Related:

  • United Kingdom  hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria: May

    United Kingdom hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria: May

    This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime. He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta.
    Kingdom Hearts 3 Mini-Games Revealed, Throwback to Classic 80s LCD Games

    Kingdom Hearts 3 Mini-Games Revealed, Throwback to Classic 80s LCD Games

    Fans have been waiting in anticipation for an update on Kingdom Hearts 3 and Square Enix has finally fulfilled their wishes. Unfortunately, the trailer does not give more clues about this feature, so we'll have to wait to see a complete preview.
    Zenani Mandela lambasts media for

    Zenani Mandela lambasts media for "peddling lies" about Winnie

    He said that Ramaphosa must rest assured that EFF members in attendance would cheer his speech because they recognised him as the country's president.
  • Samsung Introduces an Exclusive Smartphone for the Students

    Samsung Introduces an Exclusive Smartphone for the Students

    Samsung is thought to have been working on this technology for a while and it seems it could get its first outing on the Note 9. Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are still expected to be the best-selling Android smartphones of the year, many analysts predict.
    Comey: 'Possible' that Russians have leverage over Trump

    Comey: 'Possible' that Russians have leverage over Trump

    This president does not reflect the values of this country", he said of Donald Trump . "The most important being truth", he said. Comey said he does not know "what's behind" Trump's reluctance to criticise Russian President Vladimir Putin in public.

    Money Saving Tips for Business Owners

    JJBender.com is a trustworthy and reputable source of used office equipment that offers a wide variety of products. And in today’s economy, every small business owner is looking for ways to save money and reduce expenses.
  • Russian Federation  orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

    Russian Federation orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

    Telegram representatives insist that handing over of the encryption keys is technically impossible. We strongly suggest seeking advice from your own financial, investment, tax, or legal adviser.
    John Stamos welcomes son

    John Stamos welcomes son

    Stamos posted a precious black and white photo on Instagram of his newborn son Billy laying on his chest. John and his 32-year-old wife announced that they were expecting their first child back in December.
    Shire selling oncology unit to France's Servier for $2.4bn

    Shire selling oncology unit to France's Servier for $2.4bn

    While the oncology business has delivered high growth and profitability, we have concluded that it is not core to Shire's longer-term strategy.
  • IMD predicts normal monsoon rainfall in 2018

    IMD predicts normal monsoon rainfall in 2018

    India had faced deficient rains during monsoon season in 2015 and 2014, making both these years drought years. IMD will update its forecast in early June with numbers on month and region-wise distribution of the monsoon.
    Boris Johnson warns of Russian cyberthreat

    Boris Johnson warns of Russian cyberthreat

    The team of experts are set to investigate the April 7 attack east of the capital Damascus, which Bashar al Assad's regime and its Russian ally deny ever took place.

    The Essentials of Being an Eco-Friendly Hotel

    Conserve Energy Lights, water heaters, and air conditioning units, among other things, consume the most electricity in hotels. Through these actions, the hotel can build a better name by showing its clients how it values environmental sustainability.

Comments

Latest news

Protests erupt in Armenia ahead of ex-president's 'appointment as PM'
Sargsyan, whose party holds a majority in parliament, is set to be easily approved for the premiership on Tuesday. On April 14, Armenia's ruling Republican Party nominated Serzh Sargsyan for the post of prime minister.

Mourinho hits out at inconsistent and "complicated" United
Juan Mata has challenged Manchester United to salvage their season with a runner-up finish in the Premier League and FA Cup glory. Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports : "We are not going to spend more than we can".

A Star Wars Story
Han Solo shows Chewie his hand of cards and Chewie shakes his head and lets out defeated gargle. We then see Woody Harrelson's Tobias Becket tell Solo that he's putting together a crew.

Centra (CTR) targets $0.0187 while having 41.67% increase during a day
Investors can then use their newly-acquired Bitcoin or Ethereum to buy Loopring using one of the aforementioned exchanges. Edgeless (EDG) had a bad 24 hours as the cryptocurrency declined $-0.00490000000000002 or -0.76% trading at $0.6403.

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster bring back to Earth from Space
Institutions purchase large blocks of a company's outstanding shares and can exert considerable influence upon its management. If the markets make a firm price movement, then the strength of that movement depends on the volume for that period.

Broncos release running back CJ Anderson
Anderson is coming off a career year with the Broncos as he finally got his chance to be the team's undisputed lead back. Anderson suggested he'd use the offseason of uncertainty to motivate him in 2018.

US To Hit Russia With Sanctions Over Support For Assad
However, the White House said Mr Trump still wants United States forces to withdraw from the region as soon as possible. Russian Federation claims that 71 of 103 missiles fired were shot down, although the Pentagon says that is not true.

Seven inmates killed in SC prison violence
Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution a year ago . Logan said he just finished identifying all the dead Monday and is working to notify relatives.

Beyonce superfan Adele is all of us watching Coachella performance
Her former group performed some of their most popular songs, including " Say My Name ", " Lose My Breath ", and " Soldier ". Famous American musician Beyonce is now trending online because of her performance at ongoing music festival Coachella .

Inmates Killed in South Carolina Prison Riot
An inmate was killed during a fight in July 2017 , another was stabbed to death in November , and a third was killed in February . The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation.

Inflation 'likely to have held steady in March' experts predict
The index for primary articles rose only 0.24 percent annually in March , while prices of food articles dropped by 0.29 percent. However, the price of raw silk, mesta and hides, sunflower, soyabean, fodder, raw wool, coir fibre and raw rubber moved up.

Mecca Masjid blast case: All accused acquitted; the timeline of events
A special NIA court in Hyderabad Monday acquitted five persons, including Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case . Armed personnel from various wings of the State police will be deployed and roads leading to the court will be barricaded.

Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales
UPDATE 5.10PM: WOOLWORTHS have responded to customer complaints confirming the national outage this afternoon. Woolworths stores across the country have had to shut down registers and are unable to make sales.

Sony Launches Xperia XZ2 Premium with 16:9 4K Display in 2018
Xperia XZ2 Premium supports USB Type-C audio and comes with Stereo speaker with S-Force Front Surround, DSEE HX and LDAC. While it sports the same design as the Xperia XZ2 , the smartphone brings upgrades in the display , camera and battery .

How Home-based Business Can Benefit from Coworking Spaces
More so, it can encourage productivity by being able to lessen boredom since you will be surrounded by people you can talk to. It Fits the Bill According to statistics, self-employment is on the rise, increasing by as much as 40% in the U.S . by 2020.

Other news