The following oblique joke about online censorship on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the June 4th, 1989, crackdown on demonstrators in Beijing, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 3:02am Hong Kong time today, June 4, 2012. The post was made by journalist Chen Baocheng (陈宝成), who currently has more than 60,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].
Chen Baocheng’s joke goes as follows:
WOMAN: I miss you, why don’t you come to my place tonight?
MAN: Oh, is your husband away on a business trip?
WOMAN: He’s working overtime tonight deleting posts [on social media] and so he can’t come home. He’ll be busy through to tomorrow.
Chen Baocheng’s original Chinese post follows:
NOTE: All posts to The Anti-Social List are listed as “permission denied” in the Sina Weibo API, which means they were deleted by Weibo managers, not by users themselves.