Gotta wonder how much a partnership between a US media outlet and a Chinese outlet is really worth.
Thanks to a Joyceyland Facebook posting of an article at Tech In Asia, we learned that the New York Times‘ Weibo has been suspended. (Well That Was Fast: New York Times’ Weibo Account Now Suspended [UPDATE: Or not])
According to the article, within 24 of the partnership announcement, the New York Times‘ Weibo page was suspended with no clear reason why. But in China, no reasons are the norm.
Tech in Asia reported an update that the site was up and running as of this morning. But again, no explanation why there was the outage.
One quick (cynical?) reason is that the Chinese censors had a typical knee-jerk reaction. They say “New York Times” and hit the BLOCK button. They must have missed the press release that said this was an approved deal.