China: Sina Weibo's Warning to DeutscheWelle

DeutscheWelle's official Sina Weibo account has been forced to “re-incarnate” again in November 13, 2011. The deletion of user account is a punishment mechanism by Sina Weibo to those who have posted “sensitive topic”. If the user insists to make its presence in Weibo, s/he has to open a new account and accumulate its followers from zero, Chinese netizens call this “re-incarnation”.

DeutscheWelle's reincarnation message is:


Not only that we are unable to obtain a “V” [Note: a symbol for the verification of identity verification], we are forced to re-incarnate again under the tyranny of Sina. This is probably the most miserable official micro-blog in our history. DeutsheWelle was used to stressed that we would not be blocked here. We have never done anything against the Chinese Law and we have never touched any taboos set by Sina. But the fact has proven that there is no way for any human being to avoid G-spots[Note: sensitive spot] in Sina. Probably it is all over its body.

Below is an online Cartoon on Sina's g-spots:

After the user account of DeutsheWelle been restored, they received an email from Sina demanding them to stop posting sensitive messages and criticisms against Sina.

This morning, DeutsheWelle received a pop-up chat box warning message from the Sina Weibo Customer service again, stating:


Your account will be deleted if you have any dishonesty again.

The warning is either a reaction of DeutsheWelle's exposure of Sina's censorship mechanism or a news item about a protest in Guangzhou. Below is a screen capture of the pop-up message:

The Big brother is watching you!


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