Yesterday, to much excitement, the New York Times announced that it would be rolling out a fully Chinese version of its website. That’s a huge deal, considering China’s rather rigid media censorship. Accompanying the Chinese Times, a Weibo account — China’s Twitter — was also set up, but it didn’t last long.
Mere hours later, The Next Web reports that NYT China’s Weibo account has vanished!
The Next Web speculates that the account was yanked in yet another act of censorship, and that this would portend trouble for the Chinese versions of the website, being that the Weibo account posts headlines and stories from the paper itself.
Do any of our readers in China know what’s up? Something is afoul and nobody, not nobody, messes with the Times. [The Next Web]