So much for that experiment in freedom of speech. Last week, the New York Times launched an online Chinese edition of its newsspaper — and with it a social media presence in the country. As of today, the NYT Chinese site is still working, but the social media presence is not: a visit to the New York Times’ Sina Weibo page — confirmed to us last week by the New York Times as officially theirs — brings up a "user does not exist" page. Ditto qq, Sohu, and 163 — other popular social networking platforms.
The disappearance of the sites was first spotted by the Chinese internet monitors Great Fire, which notes that at least as of June 29, NYT’s Chinese site is not being blocked in the country, either.