Chinese officials apparently have an office of “cyberspace affairs” where they attempt to control parts of the internet that is proving to be difficult even for one of the world’s most abusive governments. According to state broadcaster CCTV announced a crack down on celeb and fan culture. Perhaps one of the earliest shining examples of the new crackdown is the removal of one Zhao Wei. It is actually unclear why Wei was among the initial targeted because it doesn’t appear she had actually done anything wrong.
On the other end of the spectrum, multiple Chinese websites carrying “ranking” websites where they rank popular celebrities must also be removed. Officials claim that the move comes to regulate an increasingly productive celeb and fan culture, though, critics say it is the latest move by the Communist Party to rule with an iron fist.
In Wei ‘s case in particular, content in which she is in has been scrubbed of her name. Regulators and Chinese officials have declined all press requests inquiring about the moves or those targeted.