Architect of the Great Firewall of China, Fang Binxing, last seen having eggs and shoes thrown at him, had a nasty reminder of just how unpopular he is with Chinese netizens when he was bombarded with angry replies following an innocuous ‘Happy New Year’ message posted to his official Weibo account.
“Fang Binxing sends everyone New Year’s greetings! May all be joyful and successful in the Year of the Snake!” he posted on Saturday. He received over 10,000 comments telling him to ‘go to hell’ before commenting was disabled on his page.
Fang shouldn’t be too surprised at the reaction. When he launched his microblog in December 2011 thousands of comments were posted within hours. “Few were complimentary.”