Weibo Reverses Gay Content Ban

Weibo Reverses Gay Content Ban

Chinese social media network Sina Weibo has backtracked from a controversial gay content ban after a massive outcry.

Last Friday the microblogging platform said that posts related to homosexuality would be taken down, report CNN and the BBC.

It prompted a deluge of posts from outraged netizens protesting against the decision. On Monday, Sina Weibo said it would reverse the ban.

Often described as China's answer to Twitter, Sina Weibo is one of the most popular social networks in the country.

The microblogging service, which boasts nearly 400 million active users, had vowed Friday to remove all gay-themed cartoons and videos – along with pornographic and violent material – to comply with Chinese laws and regulations.

"Sina Weibo's original decision simply made no sense – why link homosexuality with other illegal activities," said Xiaogang Wei, a leading LGBT rights advocate in China, reports CNN.

"They targeted the entire LGBT community in that notice," he added. "We must pressure these companies and show them it's not easy to discriminate against an entire community – no matter who orders them to do it."

Weibo's announcement came amid an intensifying government effort to rein in the country's fast-growing social media networks to create what President Xi Jinping has promised to be "a clean cyberspace."