Author: Anne Henochowicz

Anne Henochowicz is the China Digital Times translations editor. She has contributed to Foreign Policy, The China Beat, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Postcolonialist, and Nieman Reports. She earned her masters in Chinese literature and folklore from The Ohio State University and in ethnomusicology from the University of Cambridge.
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Sensitive Words: The Tiananmen Edition (Update)

Update: In addition to “today” (今天), “yesterday” (昨天) and “tomorrow” (明天) are also blocked and have been added to the list of “Other Related Terms.” As of June 4, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function): Individual Chinese characters:

  • fire (火):
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    As the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre approached, in the wee hours of June 2 and 3 Sina Weibo quietly removed the candle icon from its collection of “frequently used emoticons,” replacing it with an animated “London Olympic torch” icon. Sina explained the disappearance in a @WeiboSecretary (微博小秘书) post: WeiboSecretary: Dear @: The related icon

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