File photo – John Oliver presents the award for Outstanding Directing in A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special in the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California Sept. 20, 2015.
The Chinese social media giant Weibo has blocked comedian John Oliver after he attacked the country of the human rights and mocked President Xi Jinping is on his show “Last Week Tonight.”
Weibo, often described as a chinese version of Twitter, blocking and deletion of posts that refer to Oliver after he made the comments on his HBO Sunday, according to Reuters.
The news agency added that Oliver beat Chinese lawmakers abolition of presidential term limits and the country’s political doctrine of the “Xi Jinping Thought.” The Chinese president of the consolidation of power is driven by a “cult of personality,” Oliver said.
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Oliver also targeted China’s clampdown on corruption, and online censorship of Winnie the Pooh, which is said to bear a resemblance to Xi. In addition, the comedian mocked the country of $1 trillion Belt and the Road initiative, an ambitious foreign policy plan that aims to the place of China in the world trade center.
Reuters reports that efforts to have the post Oliver’s English name, or the name of his show on Weibo generated error messages about “the information that violates related laws and regulations.” However, the Chinese translation of his name does not appear to have been censored, Reuters added.
The move back key points of China’s cyber censorship in the spotlight. Last year, the country’s internet regulator announced that the online news media in China is a government license to publish news on the web and social media.
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The rules also block foreign or private companies to invest in online news services or directly distribute news.
The move followed a crackdown on criticism under Xi that has led to tighter controls on what can be published online.
The so-called “Great Firewall of China that prevents China’s citizens from gaining full access to the internet. The U.S. government has even cited China’s internet filters as a barrier for the trade.
AMERICAN tech companies have a difficult time in China. In 2010, Google, the largest search engine in the world, withdrew its services from China. And Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is currently blocked in China, such as Facebook-owned Instagram. Both, however, can be accessed by the VPN.
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China also announced the censorship of live video streaming in 2016.
The country has rejected criticism of its internet censorship.
Reuters reports that, in 2017, Weibo removed from a Chinese-language fan page for “Last Week Tonight” after Oliver interviewed by the Dalai Lama.
Neither Weibo nor HBO has not yet responded to a request to comment on this article from Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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