China’s Weibo Reverses Ban On Gay-Themed Content

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In a quick about face, China’s Sina Weibo messaging service has reversed a ban on gay-themed content. On Friday, the Twitter-like platform removed or blocked the content as part of a campaign to “purify” the online environment, the state-backed Global Times reported. But an outcry over the weekend appears to have changed Weibo’s stance. Caixin reported Monday that the service said it will not target homosexual topics during its “content clearance” bid.
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China’s Weibo Reverses Ban on LGBT Content

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Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging platform, has reversed its ban of gay content. The decision announced on Monday is a rare instance where a Chinese institution bows to public pressure. The company’s proposed three-month operation to clean up its site, user groups and user-generated comments will “no longer apply to homosexual content,” Sina said on […]

China Bans Gay Content Online (Report)

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Gay-themed content has been scrubbed from Sina Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms. The action was reported by state-owned tabloid newspaper The Global Times, which said that the detoxification program is to last three months. Sina said that it had cleaned up over 56,000 unregulated posts, closed 108 accounts and removed other discussion […]

Sina Weibo Leads $500 Million Funding for Live Video Firm Yixia

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Sina Weibo, one of China’s leading microblogging companies, is to lead a $500 million investment round for Yixia Tech, a company which operates Sina Weibo’s live video streaming operations. Sina Weibo will invest $120 million while other investors include Shanghai Media Group, Everbright and Focus media. Sina Weibo had previously put up $190 million, while… Read more »