Weibo Reopens Trending Ranking Service After a Week’s Suspension
China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo reopened its top trending list on Wednesday afternoon after being suspended by the Beijing cyberspace authority for a week.
The ranking was reactivated around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Many netizens applauded the ranking’s return, saying that they felt like they lost contact with the world during the days without Weibo’s trending ranking, or “resou” in Chinese.
A hastag of “#resou is back” ranked 12th on the list as of 11 pm Wednesday and had been viewed for more than 500 million times.
Weibo has been provided trending list since 2010. The function has become a vital platform for Chinese netizens, especially young people, to keep up with hot topics and celebrity gossips.
The list has also played an important role in revealing violations of law and principles.
Beijing cyberspace authority on June 10 summoned personnel in charge of the Weibo platform and ordered Weibo to immediately correct its faults, which include interfering in network information dissemination orders and spreading information in violation of laws and regulations. Weibo’s trending ranking function was also suspended as part of the punishment.