The ‘truth’ deleted from internet in China

Sina Corp’s Chinese microblog website Weibo is China’s version of Twitter Photo: REUTERS

By , Shanghai

2:05PM BST 12 Jul 2012

Online messages began circulating earlier this week claiming that the Chinese characters for “the truth” could not be searched for on the Twitter-like micro-blog, Sina Weibo, which boasts nearly 300 million registered users.

Attempts to search Weibo for “the truth” on Thursday turned up the message: “According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results for ‘the truth’ cannot be displayed.”

It is not known how long the term has been blocked or why but one internet-user said they had first noticed the truth was missing in late June. Sina Weibo did not respond to requests for information.

Qi Zhenyu, head of social media for iSun Affairs, a Hong Kong-based current affairs magazine, said it was not clear when censors might allow the truth to return.