Radiohead Enters Censored World of Chinese Social Media

British band Radiohead has opened an account on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblog service. From GlobalPost:

In the past the band led by singer Thom Yorke has been critical of human rights in China and performed at Free Tibet concerts. Radiohead in December posted a note on its website asking fans to campaign for the release of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

The Chinese Internet portal checks the authenticity of celebrity Weibo accounts, and the Radiohead microblog is said to be genuine, the Associated Press reports.

Like other Chinese Internet sites, is censored, with posts on “sensitive” topics quickly deleted by moderators.

So far the band has only posted one message, which says “testing the Weibo.”

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