Love and aliens in the time of censorship

New Internet guidelines for China could be a tactical misstep by Beijing.

'The Great Firewall' is one of China’s most notorious ideological control mechanisms, restricting citizens’ online ability to access news or organise politically. But the menu of sensitive issues extends far beyond Tiananmen, Taiwan and other familiar political flashpoints.

For decades, enforcing Communist Party orthodoxy has sometimes also entailed pushing puritanical social norms. As of last week, that means censoring depictions of infidelity, love triangles, murder, drug use and anything verging on the supernatural.

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