Chinese social network bans gay content and users respond with trending gay hashtags

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China’s social media site Sina Weibo is removing gay and violent content during a three-month clean-up campaign, as it has been announced on the platform’s official website on Friday (April 13). As a result, #IAmGay is trending in the country, as some 170,000 users protest the decision. The announcement has been commented on more than 24,000 times and was forwarded more than 110,000 times, Reuters reports. Some of such messages were blocked by the website administration and the users were informed that they were spreading illegal content. Weibo said the move aims to comply with China’s new cyber security law calling for strict data surveillance. The site has so far removed 56,243 pieces of content, shut 108 user accounts and removed 62 topics considered to have violated its standards. Last year the network already attempted to block any representation of the ‘abnormal sexual behavior’. The micro-blogging platform cracked down on videos which featured same-sex couples by censoring them, following authorities in the country announcing intentions to ban LGBT content from the internet.

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