On the eve of the CCP’s 20th National Congress, the Chinese regime’s network administrators have stepped up online censorship. Now many ordinary phrases are banned.

Recently, Chinese netizens found that the country’s censorship of internet content has reached unbelievable levels. There are many cases proving the absurd lengths the censorship has reached. Some netizens speculated that the scale of censorship was related to the CCP’s upcoming 20th National Congress.

Weibo user @humblyhouye posted a comment about the weather: “It’s starting to change … a storm is coming.” Perhaps worried that this comment would lead to political connotations, Weibo has officially deleted the comment.

Some netizens discovered that the CCP’s network administrator recently banned netizens from posting the “bear” emoji, which is suspected because one of Xi Jinping’s nicknames is “Winnie the Pooh.” 

Weibo user “@chengyuanyuanL” tried using the Mandarin homonym for bear, and the word “bear” was replaced by the “bear” emoji. He initially only talked about his body size, but surprisingly this post on Weibo was censored, and now deleted. Restricting the content on the bear emoji may involve sensitive words associated with Xi.

Weibo netizen “@MORNING good morning” posted a GIF, showing a person trying to wipe the water off the beach, with the caption “the stupidity has no end,” suspected of satirizing the “zero-COVID” policy. This post on Weibo has been forwarded 19,000 times and has 50,000 likes, but the comment section has been turned off.

According to The Epoch Times, another netizen discovered that Weibo also does not allow the use of the smiley emoji “Haha” to reply.

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