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Chinese social media giant backtracks from gay content ban.

China’s popular microblogging site Sina Weibo backpedaled Monday on its decision to ban gay content after sparking mass outrage among the LGBT community. Weibo’s controversial move came Friday, when it announced it would toss pornographic, violent or gay videos and cartoons in a three-month campaign to clean up content on the Twitter-like platform. “This is...
Time: 10:52     Date: 16.04.2018
World Tech News: Chinese social media giant backtracks from gay content ban. NY Post 24 - US News

Weibo’s controversial move came Friday, when it announced it would toss pornographic, violent or gay videos and cartoons in a three-month campaign to clean up content on the Twitter-like platform.

“This is to further ensure a clear and harmonious society and environment,” the network said in a statement, adding that it had removed more than 50,000 posts.

Weibo launched the “cleanup campaign” in line with a government censorship crackdown put in place last year that lumps homosexuality in with sexual abuse and violence as constituting “abnormal sexual relationships.”

Gay-rights advocates protested Weibo’s ban by flooding the site with hashtags #IAmGay, which received 300 million views before it was removed Saturday.

“The problem with the policy is that it equates LGBT content with porn,” said Xiao Tie, the head of the Beijing LGBT Centre. “But the bigger problem is the culture of strict censorship. Social media used to be an open space, but in the last year things have started to change.”

Pu Chunmei, a prominent LGBT rights activist, posted a photo of herself and her gay son that quickly went viral, according to the BBC News.

“My son and I love our country… we are proud to be Chinese!” she said. “But today I saw the announcement by Sina Weibo…as a source of news, it is discriminating and attacking minorities, and this is violence!”

Homosexuality in China was decriminalized in 1997.

In a statement, Weibo said its cleanup would “no longer apply to homosexual content.”

“We thank everyone for their discussion and suggestions,” Weibo said.

With Post wires

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