New York, October 14: In the wake of a video documentary about air pollution in Chi gaining popularity earlier this year, hundreds of posts on Weibo, Chi’s equivalent of Twitter, were also censored for commenting on the film and its findings, researchers have reported. In March 2015, the video documentary entitled ‘Under the Dome’, went viral. The film was viewed more than 200 million times before it disappeared following government objection. The film included the tale of a six-year-old girl, who says she has never seen white clouds, stars, or blue skies. As links to the video went dead and commentary was pulled down, intertiol jourlists were quick to report on the story, but no one was aware of how many Weibo commenters had been suppressed. “What they missed was that hundreds of posters were censored on 1 and 2 March, days before the video started disappearing from popular video-sharing sites”, wrote the researchers. Professor Matthew Auer from Bates College in Lewiston, US, and associate professor King-wa Fu, from University of Hong Kong reported their findings in the magazine Index on Censorship. “Among the deleted messages we found condemtions of the state and photographs of anti-pollution demonstrations,” they noted. Some of the images taken down were of protesters with placards calling for the government to reduce the “haze” (air pollution). (IANS)
Chi censors social-media messages'