Jun 25, 2018

China censors HBO's website after John Oliver mocks Xi Jinping

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After HBO’s John Oliver mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping and China’s human rights record last week, internet users in China were blocked from accessing HBO’s website over the weekend, per The New York Times.

The trend: Xi has long been trying to control what he sees as traditional Chinese values through web site and social media censorship in an effort to avoid social unrest. And this isn’t Oliver’s first time has been hit by China's strict controls — last week, Chinese authorities blocked all mentions of his name on Weibo, China’s Twitter.

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