Chinese Social Media Giant Weibo Backs Down On ‘Gay’ Content After Mass Protest..

Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, has backed down from a plan to ban ‘gay’ content after a protest was seen by millions of users. The microblogging platform announced new censorship rules to tackle content “with pornographic implications, promoting bloody violence, or related to homosexuality” on Friday. It claimed the new rules were needed in order to “comply with the requirements of laws and regulations [and] fulfil the responsibilities of the company,” as well as to build a “happy community” on the platform. The decision sparked unrest on the site, with users protesting by posting messages with the hashtag #IAmGay – which was trending within just a few hours. In response to the outrage and threats of boycott from users, the social media giant now appears to have backed away from its hardline stance…

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