Did North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un visit Beijing in his first official state visit outside of the country this week? Speculation was running wild on Chinese social media, but we still don't know for sure. One thing we do know for sure: People in China get creative when they're trying to bypass the country's internet censors.
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Next month, China will amend its constitution to scrap the 5-year term limit for the presidency. The move paves the way for the current president, Xi Jinping, to be leader for life and China's internet censors are working overtime to erase disparaging remarks about the decision. Censors are erasing any mention of new banned words, like "Disney," "change the law," and "Brave New World."
In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China this month -- a major changing of the guard which will see widespread retirements among senior leaders -- the country's censors have been cracking down on everything from an unnerving sex doll-sharing company to even milquetoast criticism of the government in the media. Now, popular Chinese social media app WeChat has begun restricting how its users can use the platform in an effort to offset its potential use in protests.