As of June 4, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).
Tiananmen Continued: Terms related to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, known in Chinese simply as “Six Four” (as in June 4). See also yesterday’s Sensitive Words post.
• 89: As in 1989.
• 64+24: The 24th anniversary of June 4. Chinese Twitter users have been discussing “6424.”
• hk64: Refers to Hong Kong commemorations of June 4.
• viiv: Six Four in Roman numerals, another Twitter term.
• (big) yellow duck: The latest take on Tank Man.
• candlelight (烛光): Alludes to candlelight vigils.
• Jisi month+Yiwei day (己巳月+乙未日): In the traditional 60-year cycle, the first term is equivalent to May-June 1989, the second to a number of dates in the same year including June 4.
• square of eight (八的平方): 82=64
• memorial ceremony (祭奠)
• inappropriate for the public (不适宜对外公开): A message Sina sometimes displays when a user’s weibo has been deleted.
• Internet block (网络封锁)
• Hexie Farm (蟹农场): Retested.
• sensitive word (敏感词)
All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.
Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words in this bilingual Google spreadsheet.
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.
Have a sensitive word tip? Submit it to CDT through this form: