Weibo Censored Former Chief of Google China Kai-Fu Lee
The former chief of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, discovered his Weibo posts on Chinese social media Tensent and Sina have often been censored and removed by the authority. Lee was even banned from the Sina and Tensent Weibo for three whole days last month. In his tweet on Monday (he didn’t send the tweet from China though), he revealed his Weibo censorship through a graph.
The outspoken entrepreneur had his posts removed in the recent weeks because he was discussing about 13,000 dead pigs that were found in Shanghai River, and Chinese parliament to appoint the country’s new leadership. “Lowest week was my ‘3-day silence’, and the highest weeks were the recent 2 weeks”, said Lee in his tweet.
This isn’t Lee’s first time Lee being censored by the Chinese authorities. Kai-Fu Lee has always been vocal about Chinese social media censorship. “Social media has more power in China than it does in any other country. While the controls are tight, one must realize that social media is revolutionizing the way people communicate with each other and can change China for the better”, said Lee to Forbes.
In January, he shouted an angry message to the authorities on Weibo regarding the blocking of the Chinese social programming site Github. “GitHub has three million members and China ranks fourth in terms of member base. Github is the place for developers to learn, share, and connect with others developers in the world. It doesn’t have any sensitive content so blocking Github is unjustifiable. Blocking Github will only hurt domestic programmers and cause them to be less competitive and competent.”
Kai-Fu Lee was even banned from Chinese Twitter-like-services for three whole days in February 2013 for posting a summary of a Wall Street Journal report that describes how slow internet speeds and instability are discouraging overseas businesses from relocating to China. In his tweet, the founding president of Google China from 2005 to 2009 invited his 33.4 million followers from the two social networks to follow his Twitter instead. “I’ve been blocked from Sina and Tencent Weibo for three days; you can find me here [on Twitter].”
Kai-Fu Lee is currently the CEO of China-based Innovation Works, a venture capital firm for Chinese technology start-ups. Lee was ranked by Sina as the most influential microblogger on its Weibo service last year.
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013