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China Just Banned A Bunch Of Words On Social Media, As Well As The Letter 'N'

By Dana Levinson

This past Sunday, China's ruling communist party made the announcement that they are abolishing term limits, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to serve as the country's leader indefinitely.

Carl Minzer, a China scholar at Fordham Law School, explained to NPR:

This is simply the most recent of a long range of steps. If you just go back to last fall at the Party Congress, the Chinese Communist Party had its own meeting and they didn't designate a successor to Xi Jinping as you might've expected. There would've been a tradition as you go into the second term as general party secretary. They at least anoint who the next successor would be. And moreover, they raised his ideological profile up in a way that started to resemble that of Mao.

There was swift backlash across the popular Chinese social media sites, Weibo and WeChat. Many alluded to dystopian novels, such as George Orwell's 1984. And, according to Mashable, people on Chinese social media began to notice that their statuses wouldn't post because they contained banned words.

They took to Twitter to let people know exactly what was going on: