A post on WeChat states that 'old Chinese internet content is disappearing,' but the post itself is deleted due to 'government regulations'

After an article was posted on the popular Chinese social networking site WeChat stating that 'China's past internet content is disappearing,' the article was subsequently deleted for violating Chinese government regulations.

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To demonstrate the disappearance of old Chinese content, the following search results for Alibaba founder Jack Ma 's name on China's major Internet search engine Baidu for the period June 4, 1994 to June 4, 2004 yield zero hits.

On the other hand, a Google search for the same period turned up about 4,120 web pages. In other words, even though there is content on the Internet about Ma published between June 4, 1994 and June 4, 2004, it does not appear in Baidu's search results.

Internet influencer He Jiayan investigated the issue of 'old Chinese internet content not being able to be searched on Baidu' using various search terms, and posted an article on WeChat stating that 'Baidu cannot search for Chinese language content from the late 1990s to the 2000s' and 'Chinese language internet content from before the advent of mobile internet has almost completely disappeared.'

However, at the time of writing, even if you access the article's URL (

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/afg3zHPpEyRzSfOR1Aeh3w ), you will not be able to view the article, and a notice will appear saying that it has been deleted because it violates the Chinese government's ' Regulations on the Management of User Public Accounts of Internet Information Services .'

The article in question has been archived on the Wayback Machine, and the archived version can be viewed at the following link.

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in Web Service, Posted by log1o_hf