This produced an outrage in the LGBT community. One mother whose son is gay posted this comment -"the platform would remove content including images, videos, text and cartoons that were related to pornography, violence, or homosexuality."
In an extraordinary turn of events for China, yesterday Sina Weibo made another announcement: it said its clean-up would "no longer apply to homosexual content"."My son and I love our country... we are proud to be Chinese!" she said. "But today I saw the announcement by Sina Weibo...as a source of news, it is discriminating and attacking minorities, and this is violence!"
There was no official reaction from the Chinese government to Sina Weibo's initial ban, nor to the subsequent reversal. But it is regarded as a major win for the country's LGBT community.