One of China's largest social media sites, Weibo, has reversed ban on users posting online content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, social networking giant issued statement announcing that for next three months, it would be deleting images, cartoons and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove content with "pornographic implications" or content that promoted "bloody violence". Internet company said it was part of new "clean-up campaign" that intended "to create sunny and harmonious community environment" within China's online community. It also said it was complying with China's cyber-security laws.
Weibo reversed decision on Monday following passionate public outcry from country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to initial ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners, often adding rainbow emojis. Many people cited China's constitution, which protects minorities. One user said constitution maintains that "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and that insult directed against citizens is prohibited. woman from Shanghai posted: "I suddenly find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual minority." Weibo responded to outcry by reversing its decision and thanking everyone for discussion.