Citizens protest leads to reversal of ban on homosexual content on Chinese microblogging site

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Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH
| Beijing |
Published: April 17, 2018 10:35:39 am


Chinese micro blogging site Sina Weibo. 

A massive outcry from China’s internet users has forced Sina Weibo, the country’s biggest micro blogging site, to withdraw its plans on removing gay-themed content from its platform. Weibo which has around 350 million monthly users in China has on Friday announced an online clean-up campaign in which it planned to target content related to pornography, violence and and homosexuality. Weibo had claimed that it was doing so to “create a bright and harmonious community environment.”

The move had however caused an uproar amongst the platform users who saw it as discrimination against homosexuals. Since Friday people had been protesting by using hashtags like #Iamgaynotapervert. Faced with a…

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