After Outcry, Weibo Does U-Turn on Gay Content Ban

Twitter-like Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo on Monday reversed its decision to target gay topics in its latest “content clearance” campaign, after millions protested online and official media outlets endorsed tolerance.

The latest controversy came after Weibo said (link in Chinese) Friday evening that it would for the next three months clear cartoons, games and videos, including those that have gay themes or are violent or pornographic, citing “laws and regulations.” The only law specifically mentioned was the Cybersecurity Law.

However, the Cybersecurity Law doesn’t refer to LGBT issues. “I was surprised that the rule turned out to be very abrupt, and many from the LGBT circle have immediately taken action to work on solutions,” said Martin Yang, director of the non-governmental organization (NGO) China AIDS Walk.

–This article originally appeared on Caixin Global