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China’s web censors go into overdrive as President Xi Jinping consolidates power | TechCrunch

A week that begins with the repeal of regulation that prevents dictatorship in China is likely to be a busy one for the countrys censorship people, and so ithas proven to be.

Chinas web scrubbers have been busy banning a collection of terms and dropping the hammer on user accounts after the Xi Jinping, the countrys premier, got the all-clear to become President For Life after the Communist Party moved to amend the constitution to remove an article that limits Presidential terms to two five-year terms.

Limits were introduced more than 30 years ago ostensibly to prevent a repeat of the Mao dictatorship. The proposed removal understandably stoked anger among many Chinese internet users, who have already voiced concern at Xis rise and his moves to quash free speech online in China.

I dont agree, migration, emigration, re-election, election term, constitution amendment, constitution rules, proclaiming oneself an emperor and Winnie the Pooh the Xis online nickname were among a host of phrases to be banned on microblogging site Weibo, according to U.S.-based China Digital Times. (The full list can be found here.)

Anyone found trying to enter the Chinese words was greeting with a messaging information that the content violates the relevant laws and regulations or Weibos terms of service.

Weibo restricting the messages users could post, Weibo also banned certain search terms, according to China Digital Times. In contrast, the top ten trending searches on FreeWeibo, a website that offers an unrestricted view of content on the service, all reflected responses to the news.

Over on WeChats top messaging service, there were reports that some users had been banned or restricted based on the content they had shared. WeChat owner Tencent has disputed claims that it stores or reads chat logs, but regardless the app includes a social media-like feed where users can share public messages with friends.

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