Blocked on Weibo
March 10, 2012 8:52 AM   Subscribe

Blocked on Weibo
Chinese words like foot fetish, Islam, and march are or were blocked on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. For two months last year, I used a Ruby script to uncover about a thousand of these blocked words. I've posted some of them on a website I created with short little entries on why they are blocked.

In case you prefer a more wordy explanation, a short article I wrote will go up on Monday which I'll post in the comments here then. But figured I'd post this now since it looks like some Carnegie Mellon researchers just published something similar last week.
Role: researcher, creator, programmer
posted by jng (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief on March 14, 2012: Blocked on Weibo: Censored Searches of China's Largest Microblogging Service

Edit: The Chinese words for foot fetish, Islam, and march...
posted by jng at 1:01 PM on March 10, 2012


I found your list of blocked words kind of fascinating.

I just linked your project in my askme on interesting lists.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:16 PM on March 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


The blog article I wrote up explaining the project in more detail: http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/03/how-china-gets-the-internet-to-censor-itself/ .

Sciencegeek: Thanks for the kind words!
posted by jng at 8:32 AM on March 12, 2012


Cf.
posted by grobstein at 8:45 PM on March 13, 2012


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