A widely read microblog written by the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and known for its sometimes tongue-in-cheek comments about China’s social and political issues was inaccessible Friday.
Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblog site that hosts the consulate’s account, said it could be a technical glitch, an explanation the company has given in the past in cases where censorship was at work.
The Shanghai account had more than 80,000 followers before it became inaccessible Thursday. It has in the past touched on topics the government considers sensitive.
On June 4, the 23rd anniversary of the student movement on Tiananmen Square in 1989, when online censorship kicked into high gear for the taboo topic, the Shanghai consulate’s blog remarked that history could not be discussed that day. A day later, it said: “Yesterday is finally gone… Read more