China censors ‘RIP’ and the candle emoji as people mourn Nobel Peace Prize winner


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Shortly after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death was announced, China’s biggest social network has started censoring a host of words — and even emoji — typically used in mourning posts.

Users on Weibo found on Friday that they couldn’t search for the candle emoji, as well as keywords like RIP. 

Liu, a well-known human rights activist and dissident, passed away on Thursday after battling liver cancer. He was serving an 11-year sentence in a Chinese prison, and was granted medical parole only in June, diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer. Read more…

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