The Chinese government’s daily censorship of social media is now exposed, with the launch of WeiboTrends.com.
The site allows searches of censored social media posts within Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging site. It also provides extraction of text from images, and splitting of concatenated pictures.
WeiboTrends (also known as WeiboSuite) is a data journalism project I have worked on with the other scholars at the University of Hong Kong. The launch has triggered much fanfare across international media (click for articles):
- South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) – front page
- BBC (UK)
- Apple Daily (Hong Kong)
- Donga (South Korea)
- Shanghaiist (online)
- TechInAsia (online)
- Beijing Cream (online)
- The World of Chinese (online)