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[liberationtech] Uncensored Sina Weibo Search

Martin Johnson greatfire at
Fri Oct 12 22:53:28 PDT 2012

As you know, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc are all blocked in China.
Hundreds of millions of Chinese netizens use local microblogs, but these
are all subject to strict self-censorship rules. The biggest one is Sina
Weibo. We've identified more than 2000 keywords that users are not allowed
to search for ( But what if
you could indeed search for these? What would you find?

We've just created an uncensored version of Weibo Search: We mix the latest results (for keywords that aren't
blocked) with cached results coming from the WeiboScope project as well as
our own database. All in all, you can now find results for most keywords
that you can't search for on Sina Weibo's official search.

We put the website up on Thursday this week. Yesterday, TechInAsia wrote
about our service (
as well as Solidot ( We got 1000+
visits in the first full day of existence, most of them from China. It's
probably just a question of time before the site is blocked here, but we
can always put up mirror sites.

Your comments and ideas are much appreciated.

Martin Johnson
--- - Bringing Transparency To The Great Firewall Of
@GreatFireChina (Twitter)
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