Former Google China head, Kaifu Lee, has been tracking how many times his Weibo posts on Tencent and Sina have been censored and deleted, and has helpfully made a graph of the past 8 months.
The outspoken investor has had his tweets deleted most often in the recent weeks because he was discussing the story on the 13,000 dead pigs found in a Shanghai river, as well as a session in the Chinese parliament to appoint its new leadership. The government often gets the country’s two large microblogging services run by Tencent and Sina to wipe out posts that trigger its censorship keywords.
His tweet accompanying the graph:
My weibo deletions (click link).Lowest week was my “3-day silence”, and the highest weeks were the recent 2 weeks twitter.com/kaifulee/statu…
— Kai-Fu Lee (@kaifulee) March 18, 2013
Kaifu Lee was kicked off Sina and Tencent’s Weibo sites for three days last month for criticizing state-run search engine, Jike. He has about a million Twitter followers—tiny compared with his 30 million Sina Weibo and 24 million Tencent Weibo fans.
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Founder of Innovation Works. He served as Vice President, Engineering of Google Inc., and President of its Chinese Operations since July 2005. He is widely known for his pioneering work in the areas of speech recognition and artificial intelligence. Dr. Lee joined Google from Microsoft, where he most recently held the position of Corporate Vice President, after founding Microsoft Research China in 1998. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lee was a Vice President and...