Sensitive Words: Don’t Eat the Yogurt

Sensitive Words: Don’t Eat the Yogurt

As of April 23, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):

Related to Zhao Pu: support + Zhao Pu, Zhao Pu + suspended from duties, Zhao Pu + suspended from post

On April 9, CCTV news anchor Zhao Pu posted a warning on his Weibo: “Text message from an investigative reporter: Do not eat yogurt (the thick kind) or jelly, especially children. Their contents are truly frightening. I won’t speak about it in detail.”

The post was forwarded 130,000 times before it was eventually removed. (Global Times published a slap on the wrist.) Zhao has not appeared on his program for almost two weeks, prompting netizens to speculate that he has been suspended from his duties because of this post. Read more about the incident from CDT Chinese.

Other Hot Topics: GKL (short for Gu Kailai), Surprise-Attack Comes (“Turn Surprise-Attack Comes” [拨袭来] sounds like Bo Xilai), power struggle

More Censored Words: announcement, special police, Lai Changxing

Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

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.

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