Web Ratings Disabled For Chinese Communist Party Film
PC World reports on the latest Chinese Communist Party film, “Beginning of the Great Revival”. Chinese authorities are doing all they can to censor the public’s online reaction to the film.
Theaters in China began showing a new blockbuster movie last week chronicling the founding of the country’s ruling Communist Party. But while the film “Beginning of the Great Revival” has enjoyed a wide release, finding out whether if the movie is any good or not has been more of a challenge as Chinese web users wonder why they can’t review the film.
Two popular movie review websites in China have disabled the star rating system for the film. The sites, douban.com and mtime.com, are also not allowing users to leave written reviews about the movie.
Both sites were contacted, but a request for comment was not returned. The reasoning behind the action, however, was not a mystery to users on Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular microblogs. Posts on the microblogs claimed the websites had been forced to “harmonize” the movie reviews, a term used in reference to Chinese government censoring online content.