Deaf celebrity Song Xiaobo (宋晓波), who shot to fame as the runner-up of the 2006 My Hero (加油好男儿) talent competition, has complained that Sina Weibo is filtering search results for his name. He said:
A lot of people aren’t able to add me up. Why is it that when people search for my name here, they get the message that search results have been blocked in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations? If searching for just “Xiaobo”, only Wu Xiaobo‘s (a writer) account is shown, not mine. Why is this so? This has been a major obstacle to the people who want to follow me and made it very difficult for me to use Sina Weibo.
The poor thing appears to remain blissfully unaware of the fact that he shares the same given name with a certain Nobel Prize winner
Since his meteoric rise to stardom, Song has been able to gain close to 200,000 followers on Weibo and has leveraged his fame to start his own pet business.