New Challenges to Beijing's Control of the InternetShortly after christmas, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof opened an account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblog service that, like Twitter, allows users to share short messages of up to 140 characters. Kristof began testing what topics would be censored. He found out quickly. One of his first messages was "Can we talk about Falun Gong?" - a reference to the spiritual movement banned by Beijing. Within an hour of his first post, Kristof's account was canceled.
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