Sensitive Words: Buckets of Gold and Tiger Traps

Sensitive Words: Buckets of Gold and Tiger Traps

As of January 15, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). 

Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words on our bilingual Google spreadsheet.

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Chen Guangbiao with his “electronic illness probe.” (Huxiu)

Chen Guangbiao the Quack: The flamboyant businessman who once sold cans of fresh air to help denizens of smoggy cities, recently offered to buy the New York Times. (Times owner Arthur Sulzberger has expressly stated that the paper is not for sale.) His business cards–which enumerate such titles as “Most Influential Person of China”–made the rounds in Western and Chinese media last week.

A new report on Chen’s rise to riches calls his integrity into question. On Monday, the business news website Huxiu published “Original Sin Chen Guangbiao: Cheating and Tricking His Way to His First Pot of Gold (原罪陈光标:靠欺骗与忽悠赚取第一桶金), reporting that Chen patented an “electronic illness probe” in the mid-1990s that lit up when it “detected” the area of a patient’s body which was diseased.

  • Chen Guangbiao+first bucket of gold (陈光标+第一桶金)
  • Chen Guangbiao+trick+cheat (陈光标+忽悠+欺骗)

Zhou Yongkang: A widening circle of former allies are reportedly under investigation as part of the corruption probe of the former chief of security. See related Sensitive Words posts from October 10, December 18, December 26, January 9, and January 14.


Via CDT Chinese.

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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