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