Kaifu Lee, former head of Google China and founder of Beijing-based startup incubator Innovation Works, said on Twitter yesterday (h/t Sinocism) that he has been banned from posting on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo for three days.
Lee is one of the most followed people on Sina Weibo, with more than 30 million fans (his Twitter account has a much more modest 997,530 followers). While he did not disclose why he has been kicked off the microblogging platforms or who blocked him, some observers believe it is linked to his remarks about Jike, the search engine of People’s Daily Online. Lee has criticised the company for spending too much money and possibly laying off up to 100 staffers (rumors the company refuted). Despite his smaller audience on Twitter, Lee has been busy tweeting his opinions, including one about how the Communist Party must become more open to criticism.
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