The International Business Times posted this message to its Weibo account on December 7. The message has since been removed. Yangfengyuzhe (@正版于洋)’s account has also disappeared:
@IBTimes: Verified Weibo user @yangfengyuzhe exposed the deletion of massive numbers of posts at 4 a.m. today. His take, in brief: (1) Sina is not at the top of the decision chain when it comes to deleting posts; (2) Sina has already raised the barrel of its gun up a notch; (3) Sina is in a tight spot, but is trying its best to fight on.
Aside from Xuan Xuan [a cute nickname for the censors], my organization shouldered more attacks than anyone on Weibo last night. The whole site was shockingly filled with “This weibo has been deleted” notices, making Weibo look like a boat full of holes battered by a typhoon. I went to take a look at the weibo page of [my colleague] Old Chen from the Operations Department, and it was overflowing with criticism. After NetEase published that article about the Southern Weekly incident, condemnation and blame for Sina has grown to a fevered pitch. I become more and more worked up over this all night long, until I finally could no longer hold back my anger and got caught up in an unusual war of words with a well-known screenwriter.
After cooling down, I’ve now thought long and hard about the situation. I feel the need to write this long-form weibo so that the public can understand the facts of the matter.
Often, those who point indignant fingers as soon as they perceive a wrong do not see the real truth.
(1) If [Sina] did not delete certain weibo posts, then that would probably mean entire topics would be deemed off limits. Weibo is a public platform.
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