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  • HOMOSEXUAL CONTENT BANNED IN CHINA ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITE, PROMPTS 'I AM GAY' PROTESTS
  • Users of the Chinese microblogging website Sina
    Weibo started an online protest with the hashtag
    “I am gay” in response to a ban of “homosexual”
    content.
    About 170,000 Weibo members had used the
    hashtag by midday Saturday before they were
    apparently silenced, Agence France-Presse
    reported.
    The platform, which is similar to Twitter, said on
    its official administrator’s account Friday stated
    that it has launched a three-month “clean-up
    campaign” to get rid of “illegal” posts including
    “manga and videos with pornographic
    implications, promoting violence or (related to)
    homosexuality,” according to AFP. It is also
    targeting "violent video games, like 'Grand Theft
    Auto.'"
    That announcement, which set off the “I am gay”
    online rally, was forwarded more than 110,000
    times and received more than 24,000 comments,
    Reuters reported late Friday.

    “I am gay and I’m proud, even if I get taken down
    there are tens of millions like me!,” a Weibo user
    with the handle “rou wan xiong xiong xiong xiong”
    wrote, according to Reuters .
    Weibo’s move is perceived as a crackdown by
    President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party on
    ideas.
    "There can be no homosexuality under
    socialism?” a Weibo user wrote, according to
    AFP. “It is unbelievable that China progresses
    economically and militarily but returns to the
    feudal era in terms of ideas.”

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