Weibo removed a post from the World Health Organization (WHO) chief on May 11. The deleted post cited WHO chief’s comments, saying China’s zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy was not sustainable.
As Reuters reported, in the meantime, WeChat also disabled the sharing function of the United Nations’ similar post.
Speaking at a media briefing on May 10, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, in his words, “We don’t think that it is sustainable considering the behavior of the virus and what we now anticipate in the future.”
The chief added that WHO had discussed the issue with Chinese experts. There, they pointed out that China’s approach would not be sustainable. He stated that a change was essential.
The United Nations’ social media accounts then published Tedros’ remarks in Chinese.
After that, internet users searched for the United Nations Weibo account’s post regarding the WHO chief’s comments. They received a notice saying that the content was illegal.
Wechat also explained that the article was prohibited from sharing because it violated relevant laws and regulations.
The WHO chief’s statement comes as China continues to pursue its ‘zero-COVID’ policy to curb the outbreaks. Many countries have lifted restrictions and moved toward living with the virus. On the other hand, Beijing’s policy receives criticism and anger across the country due to its tough measures.