The following post by RC-ZSD-MZ Li Xin Tu Zhi (RC-ZSD-MZ历心图志), a user with more than 7,000 followers, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 8:37am today, February 27, 2013. The deleted material is in fact a re-post of images that still remain public on this user’s account showing protests in various places in China calling on officials to make their assets public. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre]
The original post reads:
Citizens are taking action: demanding that officials reveal their assets!
The image strip included in the post is below:
It is not clear why the original post would be allowed to remain on the Sina Weibo platform while the re-post is deleted. The answer could lie in the extended follower network of the re-poster.
NOTE: All posts to The Anti-Social List are listed as “permission denied” in the Sina Weibo API, which means they were deleted by Weibo managers, not by users themselves.