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originally posted by: stormcell
Nobody knows quite why...
The Chinese government issued a ban on the letter after people were using it in online posts to criticize current president Xi Jinping’s plans to rule the country indefinitely, reports Business Insider. In China, the letter N is used to represent unknown numerical values in math formulas (as the letter X is used in the States).
The government issued the temporary online ban on the letter after posts began appearing in joke equations that claimed to mathematically describe the president’s length of rule (such as “N = infinity”). The ban apparently lasted only a day, however, as by Tuesday morning, Chinese users found they could use the letter in online posts and text messages once again.
China banned the letter “N” from the internet
China temporarily banned the letter N from being published online after people started using it to criticize a plan which paves the way for Xi Jinping to rule the country indefinitely. The Chinese Communist Party on Sunday proposed to abolish the two-term term limit for the president and vice-president, sparking an online backlash which it has been trying to control.
Critics flooded Weibo and WeChat — China's version of Twitter and WhatsApp — to protest the plan, but were swiftly met by the country's censors. Various Chinese characters for terms like "emigrate," "lifelong," and "I disagree" were banned, alongside ... the letter N.
The screenshot underneath shows a user on Sunday attempting to type "N" into Weibo, and receiving an error message that the "content is illegal." The other words that appeared to be banned in the screenshot are: "Xi JinP," "emigrate," and "indefinite control."
China censors letter N in crackdown on term limit discussion
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: NoCorruptionAllowed
Very petty and like little children
Do they make up funny names for people they don't like too?
originally posted by: stormcell
There's a news story that the Chinese government recently banned the letter 'N' when used alone. Nobody knows quite why it was banned and there's speculation that it might refer to a date or time period:
Less clear is why censors took issue with the letter ‘N’. Mair speculated it was “probably out of fear on the part of the government that ‘N’ = ‘n terms in office’, where possibly n > 2”.
Charlie Smith, the alias of the co-founder of GreatFire.org, a group which helps users track and bypass Chinese censorship, said he found that explanation plausible.
“[Censors] probably determined it was sensitive and then moved to add that content to the blacklist so others would not be able to post something similar,” he said, noting that the seditious symbol had now been emancipated.
The Chinese government has banned the letter 'N' and George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 in a major online censorship clampdown. Experts believe the crackdown is part of leader Xi Jinping's plans to become a dictator for life. The move has been met with criticism from around the world.
China banned the letter N from the internet after people used it to attack Xi Jinping's plan to rule forever