June 7, 2023

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A Chinese social network has censored Justin Trudeau

A Chinese social network has censored Justin Trudeau

There is a tense atmosphere between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping Since capturing their exchange on the final day of the G20 in Indonesia.

Journalist Wenhao Ma Media Voice of America It was noticed that the Canadian leader’s name did not appear on the Weibo platform, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

A Chinese nickname for Justin Trudeau, or “Little Potato (Little Potato)” doesn’t get much further than that. It seems that even the English word potato was banned.

Wenhao looked for other world leaders on the site. The results were filtered, “but no more than Trudeau”.

“I cannot prove that Trudeau’s censorship is linked to the G20 exchange,” he wrote. But it’s clear he’s benefiting from a different treatment.

It seems that the Prime Minister’s official account has disappeared from the platform.

Russian media reported an exchange between Xi Jinping and Justin Trudeau on Weibo. After five minutes the publication would disappear.

It is difficult to prove that the order to censor the Canadian Prime Minister came from the Chinese government. “Social networks in China sometimes censor words to avoid provoking public opinion,” the journalist explained.

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Wenhao then searched for Justin Trudeau on the search engine Baidu. “This is Pierre Trudeau’s appearance,” Wenhao Ma explains.