Weibo and Tencent Disables Comments Due To Impending Political Coup

Posted Mar 31, 2012

Weibo and Tencent have temporarily banned the comment features on both of their services following their role promoting the speculation of a political coup. The comment features being banned were allegedly pushed for by the Chinese government. The shut-down is happening up until April 3rd. The authorities also closed down 16 websites and detained 6 people. Rumors were spreading of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing.” Community Part member and Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai was dismissed recently causing a shock to the nation.