Nov. 17, 2016
But that hasn’t stopped them from finding creative ways to get around the censorship.
“Kim Fatty III,” or “Jin Sanpang,” a phrase the Chinese internet coined years ago to address the young leader of North Korea, has been added onto the loooong list of banned words in China.
The crackdown was reportedly triggered by a state request from North Korea, according to the AP. BuzzFeed News was unable to independently verify that, however, as the Chinese government has denied to have given order to ban the term, and a search of official documents on the government websites of the two countries yielded nothing. But the ban was put into place simultaneously platforms, suggesting a top-down approach could be in place.
As of press time, the term, which refers to Kim Jong-un’s reported weight of 280 lb, is blocked on China’s biggest social media platform, Weibo, and biggest search engine, Baidu.
If the North Korean government did send the request to its Chinese counterpart, it might be regretting the decision, as Weibo is undergoing a collective brainstorm to figure out alternative ways to refer to Kim. read more