Pesky social media: Posting on party privileges removed in China

While the government of China is whipping up the masses over the  Senkaku Islands, a poet thought the high life styles and privileges of the Communist Party elite was a more appropriate topic.

Oops. The posting by Chinese poet Xu Xin — “Smashing special provisions [for Party leaders] is better than boycotting Japanese goods!” — was quickly removed from Sina Weibo.

Deleted post criticizes Party privilege 

[A] post by Chinese poet Xu Xin was deleted from Sina Weibo on September 21, 2012. The post, a response to calls for the boycotting of Japanese goods in the midst of the China-Japan row over sovereignty of the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands, is a poster calling for people to focus instead on the special privileges enjoyed by China’s government leaders. Xu Xin currently has more than 152,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].


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