Image: Report: Jesus More Popular on China's Twitter Than Chairman Mao
Jesus Christ is more popular on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, than Chairman Mao. The Chinese Communist Party is notorious for its censorship of any potential religious influence, including mentions of such faiths as Islam, Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. But a survey of the Asian country’s social media platform by Tea Leaf Nation has found that Chinese censors are allowing more Christian terminology to be talked about on Weibo’s equivalent of tweets. According to a study last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping only received 4 million mentions on Weibo, even though he’s written about on a daily basis in the state-run newspapers. But “Jesus,” who is hardly ever written about, yielded more than 18 million mentions. More