Chinese censors scrub pictures of 'Winnie the Pooh' from social media

Chinese censors scrub pictures of 'Winnie the Pooh' from social media

While no official explanation of this purge has yet been offered, it likely has something to do with memes in the past that have compared Chinese President Xi Jinping to the adorable, if slow-witted, bear.

But comments referencing "Little Bear Winnie" - Pooh's Chinese name - turned up error messages saying the user could not proceed because "this content is illegal".

Comparisons between Xi and Disney-owned Winnie the Pooh first circulated in 2013 during the Chinese leader s visit with then U.S. President Barack Obama.

(Web Desk) - Chinese social media has banned any mention of fictional character Winnie the Pooh, The Financial Times reported.

The yellow and red bear who loves jars of honey has apparently been "blacklisted" by internet censors in the country following the memes comparing him to the President. The crackdown on the social media was always predicted to be on its way.

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The FT report said posts with the Chinese name of the portly character were censored on China s Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo. Now the strict censorship in China does make us feel fortunate for living in India, where the recent viral meme of Narendra Modi's lookalike with the Snapchat only gave them a FIR.

In 2014, a photographed handshake between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was matched with an image of Pooh gripping the hoof of his gloomy donkey friend Eeyore.

In other contexts, references to the staple Chinese breakfast food "baozi" have been taken down for evoking the president's nickname: "Steamed Bun Xi", Qiao said.

And what was described as the "most censored image of 2015" by political consultancy Global Risk Insights showed another comparison, this time featuring Winnie in a toy vehicle.

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