Cartoon: Fang Binxing Confronts the 404 Problem (Updated)

The following cartoon is being distributed on Chinese social media networks. It depicts , President of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications who is also known as the Father of the , sitting on the toilet. The caption reads: “President Fang Encounters the Mysterious 404 Problem.” In Internet HTTP protocol, a “404 error” indicates that the requested resource may be available again in the future, and is the error message Chinese netizens get when they try to access a website that has been blocked by the Great Firewall.

Update: Another related joke is also circulating among Chinese microbloggers. It goes like this:

Q: What if President Fang microblogged a “help” message on his cellphone from the toilet for his “404 problem”?

A: The Men’s Room would be locked tight within 20 minutes.

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