Chinese LGBT against same-sex content


All intimate relationships should be closed from others. It has to be private and discussed only between people who love each other.

LGBT people in China have slammed a popular social media app, Weibo, for banning LGBT content from the platform. The social media site has characteristics of Facebook and Twitter and around one-third of Chinese people use it. The micro-blogging platform has cracked down on videos which feature same-sex couples by censoring them leaving users upset.

It came after authorities in the country announced intentions to ban LGBT content from the internet. The regulations, which blocks any portrayal of “abnormal” relations between two people of the same-sex, came into play at the start of July. The ban has not only been slapped on sexually explicit content but also more mild depictions of same-sex couples whether it’s in a positive or negative light.

The closure of Weibo comes after popular same-sex dating apps had been shut down. Lesbian dating app Rela, which had more than five million users, was taken offline.

As well as its app and website, Rela has also had its page taken down from Weibo. The moves have quashed the growing optimism that was felt amongst the LGBT community after the high court in Taiwan ordered its Parliament to legalise same-sex marriage. This is not the first time China has tried to block access to LGBT content.


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