The following post by Commander Xi Dada (习大大司令) voicing frustration over the blocking of the Weibo account of former Google China founding president Kai-fu Lee after he scoffed online the People’s Daily-run search engine and its president, former table tennis star Deng Yaping (邓亚萍), was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 8:40am today, February 18, 2013. Commander Xi Dada currently has just under 8,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre]
Commander Xi Dada wrote:

Just for mentioning Deng Yaping, Kai-fu Lee gets gagged! I’d like to know: 1) Why is taxpayer money used for commercial operations [in running the search service]? They can use two billion yuan in taxpayer money to play ducks and drakes? 2) If you provide a search engine service with no ideas about the [free] flow of information, is that going to work? How is it she doesn’t even have her own Weibo account? 3) How is it that the post of president of a search engine company is appointed by the Chinese Communist Party? 4) If back in the day the Democratic Party in the U.S. had appointed Michael Phelps as the CEO of Google, would the search engine ever have ousted Yahoo! as top dog?

The original Chinese-language post follows:

就说了邓亚萍,Li开FU被禁言!试问 1)为何要用纳税人钱来做商业运营?花了纳税人20亿打水漂黑了点吧?2)做搜索引擎,却没有信息通畅开放信念,可能有戏吗?她咋连微博也没?3)一个搜索引擎公司老总,为何由党任命?4)如果当年美国民主党任命菲尔普斯出任谷歌CEO,谷歌能打败雅虎成为搜索老大吗?

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.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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