Week of April 16th, 2018

For this week’s news response I will be talking about the trending hashtag #Iamgaynotapervert in China. Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens took to the streets of Beijing to protest Sina Weibo, a popular social media platform in China, censorship of anything relating to gay culture. Sina Weibo defended this censorship by claiming that they are making their site a “clear and harmonious” environment in order to follow stricter cybersecurity laws. However, people are saying that this is just another campaign to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. I am not surprised about this censorship after hearing about China’s new social credit score. China has a history of having an obscene amount of information on their citizens. The Chinese government also punish people who speak badly about their current president Xi Jinping. I’m glad that the LGBTQ community responded quickly to the site’s censorship because social media has proved to be a good platform for social justice, and if that is being censored then minorities voices will continue to be unheard.