The truth is the first casualty on Chinese net
'THE truth' appears to have vanished from the Chinese internet, after bloggers discovered that the word had been blocked on the country's leading social media website.
Online messages began circulating earlier this week claiming that the Chinese characters for 'the truth' could not be searched for on Sina Weibo, a micro-blog that has nearly 300 million users.
Attempts to search Weibo for 'the truth' yesterday turned up the message: "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results for 'the truth' cannot be displayed."
It is not known how long the term has been blocked or why.
Qi Zhenyu, head of social media for 'iSun Affairs', a Hong Kong-based current affairs magazine, said: "It is not unusual but it is quite ironic this time -- you can't simply block 'the truth'."
China is notorious for blocking sites such as Facebook and Twitter with its 'Great Firewall'. Terms blocked in the past include those deemed obscene, as well as politically sensitive. (© Daily Telegraph, London)