Sensitive Words: Pig-Throwing, Dis-Connected China
As of March 14, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).
“Pigfestation”: The latest reports bring the number of pig carcasses found in the Huangpu River past 6,600. Bloomberg Businessweek has dubbed the crisis a “pigfestation.”
• pig-throw Shanghai (猪投上海): “Pig-throw” (猪投 zhū tóu) sounds the same as “pig’s head” (猪头 zhūtóu).
Connected China: Reuters recently launched the interactive website Connected China, a guide to the country’s political structure and power dynamics. It introduces major factions, such as the princelings and the Shanghai Gang.
• Reuters + database (路透+数据库)
• Chinese officialdom (中国官场)
• connected + China
• Chen Sisi (陈思思): Reason for blocking unclear. Reader tips are welcome.
• factions (派系)
All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.
Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words in this bilingual Google spreadsheet.
CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search. CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.