Amid protests, Sina Weibo reverses decision to remove LGBT+ content

After user backlash and protests, Chinese social network Weibo has reversed its decision to remove LGBT+ content.

The company initially announced plans to remove LGBT+ content as part of a larger initiative to comply with China’s new cybersecurity regulations. But Weibo’s announcement sparked a campaign against the platform, with thousands of users posting “I am gay” hashtags, leading the company to state that its new policy will now only to target pornographic, violent, and gory content.

While the news comes as a positive step forward, Engadget notes, “the Chinese government still has the right to shut down products and services at will if it feels there is a security risk.”

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