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Apr 16, 2018 07:16 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

After Outcry, Weibo Does U-Turn on Gay Content Ban

Members of an LGBT organization participate in a marathon in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in November 2015. Photo: VCG
Members of an LGBT organization participate in a marathon in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in November 2015. Photo: VCG

Twitter-like Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo on Monday reversed its decision to target gay topics in its latest “content clearance” campaign, after millions protested online and official media outlets endorsed tolerance.

The latest controversy came after Weibo said (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 only law specifically mentioned was the Cybersecurity Law.

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