As of July 27, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):
- first seven days after a death (头七): It has been one week since the Beijing flood began.
- Beijing + assign blame (北京+问责)
- Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs (北京民政局): The bureau’s call for charitable donations for flood recovery on Weibo caused a backlash, with many commenting that they would “donate my ass” (捐你妹).
- donate my ass (捐你妹)
- Nan Zhou (南周): Abbreviation for Southern Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo). Censors excised eight pages of flood reporting from yesterday’s edition.
- Southern Weekend (南方周末)
Wang Anshun and Guo Jinlong: Guo, who resigned as mayor of Beijing on Wednesday, has already taken the post of Municipal Communist Party Secretary as planned earlier this month. He and acting mayor Wang Anshun publicly mourned the flood victims today [zh].
- Wang (王)
- An (安)
- Shun (顺)
- An: Pinyin romanization.
- Shun: Pinyin romanization.
- Guo (郭)
- Jin (金)
- Long (龙)
- Guo: Pinyin romanization.
- Jin: Pinyin romanization.
- Long: Pinyin romanization.
- GuoJL (郭JL)
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. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.