Radiohead has made itself extremely vocal on its feelings toward the Chinese government. They have performed in multiple “Free Tibet” concerts and in December they spoke out about the release of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo on their website. Therefore, it comes as a surprise that the band would join in on the censored Chinese social networking site, Sina.com.
The site is much like Twitter and is referred to as Weibo, which translates to Microblog in English. The band has only posted one message thus far that says, “testing the weibo.”
China, which has banned sites such as Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook, is deeming the microblog appropriate because of its 24-hour surveillance. If any of the posts deal with political or sensitive content, the post will be deleted. With Radiohead’s track record of actively voicing their beliefs, it will be interesting to see how the band members treat their new account.
One thing is for sure, the band is definitely trying to overlook the censorship they will experience to please their fans. The group already has 49,000 followers and its short, indirect first message has 3,800 comments.Tags: censorship, China, radiohead, Sina.com, Twitter, Weibo