#IAmGay trends in China as Weibo targets ‘homosexual’ content in ‘clean-up’

This photo illustration taken on March 19, 2014 shows the logo of Chinese microblogging platform Weibo on a smartphone in the Chinese financial city of Shanghai

A “clean-up marketing campaign” by a well-liked Chinese language social media web site has sparked protests from its customers.

Sina Weibo mentioned it could take away “unlawful” content material, together with “manga and movies with pornographic implications, selling violence or (associated to) homosexuality” from its web site.

Weibo, a ‘microblogging’ web site which operates in an analogous technique to Twitter, mentioned the marketing campaign would final three months and would “create a vibrant and harmonious neighborhood setting”.

It could additionally goal “violent video video games, like Grand Theft Auto”, the corporate added.

Weibo’s submit drew greater than 24,000 feedback and protests from some 170,000 individuals who used the hashtag “I’m homosexual”.

One commenter mentioned that Weibo’s actions had been “merely discriminatory”, including: “Many mangas eliminated weren’t pornographic”.

One other wrote: “I’m homosexual and I am proud, even when I get taken down there are tens of hundreds of thousands like me.”

One other commented: “There will be no homosexuality beneath socialism?

“It’s unbelievable that China progresses economically and militarily however returns to the feudal period by way of concepts.”

Most of the important messages had been later deleted.

By Saturday, Weibo had eliminated 56,243 items of content material, closed 108 person accounts and brought down 62 subjects.

Homosexuality has been authorized in China since 1997 however the nation’s leaders and society stay conservative.

Authorities monitor the web intently for delicate content material, together with pornography or political criticism and web sites equivalent to Weibo additionally need to have their very own censors.

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