5 Everyday Words that the Chinese Government has banned from Online Search

Although the whole world is smitten with the cyber- fever, with the popularity of social networking sites, in China things are different.

There are at least some limits well-defined in the language in social networks. The Great Firewall of China put a tough restriction to the use of content in Weibo (largest Chinese social network and is almost like Facebook) that might harm the interest of the Chinese Communist Party. Popularly known as the Golden Shield Project, this is a censorship and surveillance venture adopted by China’s Ministry of Public Security.

Over the past few years, civil and human rights activists are being taking significant part in raising awareness about the usage of forbidden words. While few groups have already started blocking the censored web posts or search terms, the others are putting a strong threat to the individuals accessing this censored websites. So, here we have the top 5 of words that are completely banned in Weibo. Here’s take a look:


1.  “Sex” and “18+”-

Chinese are skittish about “sex” in public. Well, in most cases, demographics is responsible for this attitude. According to the statistics, Chinese people tend to go physical with a partner later than the other countries. As a part and parcel of “sex”, Weibo has also blocked the word “18+”, in order to put a restriction to the online porn.

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2. Muslim/Islam-

In spite of the growing number of islam population across the Western provinces of China, there’s always an ongoing tension cloaked under the mask of secularism.,In fact, Muslim religious practices are incessantly attacked in Beijing.


3. Marijuana-

Following the opium wars, Chinese Government has become extremely scrupulous about drug traffic. No wonder “marijuana”is blocked in online search.



4. Resign-

Since it’s extremely unusual for a politician to resign from his post, unless he is accused of corruption, the word “ resign” is blocked from the cyber world in China to deflect the negative attention on the Chinese Communist party.


5. Conflict-

This might lead to pose a great threat to national security and hence “conflict” is completely banned in China.


Apart from these, there are many other words like “Bloomberg”, “Satellite TV”, “parade/march” that are also banned in Weibo and other online supports.

Source: policymic.com

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