No-no on Weibo: China challenges the New York Times

4 Jul 2012

The New York Times' entry into the Chinese media market is off to a seemingly rocky start, writes Yanshuang Zhang in The Conversation.

Two days ago, the company launched its Chinese website – – and a corresponding Sina Weibo microblogging account (China’s domestic version of Twitter).

But just hours later, the paper’s nytchinese Weibo account was suspended. The first things to disappear were the accounts “forward” and “comment” functions – which were disabled for several hours before vanishing. The missing account resurfaced four hours later, with several new posts and a new page design; and no explanation for the suspension has yet been provided by the NYT, China Weibo or the Chinese Government.

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