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    China Censors Winnie the Pooh, ‘Personality Cult,’ Letter N

    Do the Ns justify the means? After China’s ruling Communist Party proposed ending term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, social media platforms Weibo and WeChat exploded with coded dissent. Now authorities have cracked down, banning mentions of Winnie the Pooh — long used to refer to Xi — and phrases like “personality cult” and “emigrate.” The letter N was also temporarily and inexplicably censored. Many comments and memes were posted for hours before being removed, a sign that Chinese authorities hadn’t expected such an unfavorable reaction.

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