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Ex-Google China Head With 30 Million Followers Barred From Weibo

Original story at Bloomberg• 2 mentions • 1 year ago

Bloomberg 1 year ago

Innovation Works CEO Lee Kai-fu
 
By Bloomberg News - 2013-02-18T06:23:09Z Lee Kai-fu, the former head of Google Inc.’s China division, said he was banned for three days from posting on local micro-blogging sites, where he has more than 30 million followers. The ban applies to Sina Corp.’s Weibo and a similar service run by Tencent Holdings Ltd., Lee said yesterday on Twitter Inc.’s micro-blogging site. Lee, who has about 1 million followers on Twitter, confirmed the posting by phone. “I’ve been silenced on Sina and Tencent for three days, so everyone can come here to find me,” he said on Twitter, without giving a reason. Lee, who is now chairman and chief executive officer of Innovation Works, a Beijing-based technology-business incubator, declined to elaborate today. Lee has used Weibo to complain about China’s Internet controls. A Feb. 16 post summarized a Wall Street Journal article about how slow speeds and instability deter overseas businesses from locating critical functions in China. Last month, he also posted support for staff of a Guangzhou-based newspaper during a standoff with government censors. “You can be outspoken with 1 or 2 million fans, or a few hundred thousand, but 30 million followers is like a provincial radio or TV station,” said Bill Bishop, an independent technology industry consultant in Beijing. “I don’t know how many other people have that many.”
 
 
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