Shocking national disasters, subversive political dissidents and ladies in low-cut tops had Chinese censors working overtime this year trying to create a more harmonious society free from dissent or sexy banana-eating.
10) Women painting calligraphy with their vaginas too ‘vulgar’ for government group, artist expelled
In June, the China Artists Association (CAA), which was founded back in 1949 and includes many prominent artists, expelled one of its members for his keen interest in vaginal calligraphy.
9) Cam girl attracts 100,000 viewers by seductively dancing beside toilet before stream gets shut down
With the live-streaming industry currently booming in China, hosts are continually having to think of new, creative ways of attracting more eyeballs, while Chinese censors have been keeping busy shutting channels down when they cross the line into the obscene.
8) China blocks Apple’s iTunes Movies and iBooks without explanation
2016 was a rough year for Apple in China. To make matters worse, one day in late-April the company woke up to find that their iTunes Movies and iBooks services had been banished to the wrong side of the Great Firewall, from whence it has yet to return.
7) Scientist names bug after Xi Jinping, censors squash all reports online
A patriotic Chinese scientist named a newly-discovered beetle species after President Xi Jinping. However, given that the beetle feeds on decaying matter, Xi Dada was apparently less than flattered, causing the “Xi beetle” to be squished under the boot of state censors.
6) SCMP’s online presence in mainland China completely wiped out
Not even new owner Jack Ma could save Hong Kong’s paper of record from becoming the latest casualty of China’s tightening grip on the media as Chinese internet censors shut down SCMP’s microblogging accounts on Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, as well as its WeChat page, before going on to block its website in mainland China.
5) China’s most popular internet star Papi Jiang has videos taken down for swearing
2016 was a breakout year for China’s biggest webstar, Papi Jiang. While she may have gained millions of followers who loved hearing her comedic rants, she also managed to make a dangerous enemy of China’s net nanny for her liberal use of naughty words.
4) Sex tape shot in Shanghai hotel room overlooking Lujiazui skyline goes viral, gets wiped from Weibo
Footage of two people having sex inside a Shanghai hotel room while looking out onto the iconic Lujiazui skyline became one of the most viral videos of the year on the Chinese web, until censors stepped forward to put a stop to the smut.
3) Chengdu city center goes into lockdown as police squash pollution protest before it even starts
Despite having a demonstration scheduled, the normally bustling Tianfu Square was eerily devoid of people earlier this month thanks to a police blockade directed at silencing a pollution protest before it could even occur.
2) China censors results for ‘Kim Fatty III’ after North Korea requests they stop calling their ‘Dear Leader’ fat
Back in November, it was reported that North Korean officials requested that China please stop referring to their “Dear Leader” as “Kim Fatty III” as he had become known on the Chinese web. Incredibly, that term was soon blocked on both Weibo and Baidu.
1) China bans cam girls from sexy banana eating online
In the first major offensive against the live-streaming industry back in May, Chinese censors banned webcam hosts from filming themselves eating bananas “in an erotic manner.” Soon, one brave Canadian man fought back.
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