Why is the word “salt” flagged by China’s internet censors?

censorship, censor, redact, china, The Great FirewallCensorship is probably as old as language itself. Okay, maybe it’s not that old, but there were censorship laws in Ancient Greece and in Dynastic China more than 2,000 years ago. From the Latin verb censere meaning ”to appraise, value or judge,” the word “censor” was first used to name the Roman official who oversaw public morals. How censorship is implemented, though, shifts over time. Today, book burning has given way to internet firewalls and deleted content.

Last year, Facebook and Twitter played large roles in connecting the protestors of the Arab Spring and in broadcasting their message to the international community. The internet certainly has the potential to play a role in protests and anti-government movements. However, the web, by its nature, is searchable and can also be used by governments to find and stymie anti-government efforts.

From the outside, the choices of censors can seem bizarre. Take for example, the situation in China. China is notorious for its internet censorship, and government censors regularly delete posts on blogs and social media. Twitter and Facebook are completely disabled. Jokingly called “the Great Firewall,” the Chinese censorship department automatically flags undesirable content, and then human censors read each post and choose whether or not to delete it.

Recently, a group of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University conducted a long-term project on what words are flagged by internet censors in China. They traced the likelihood that a post would be deleted if it contained certain words. Most words that attracted the attention of censors were predictable: Tiananmen Square, Tibet, Falun Gong. Other words really surprised the researchers. Polynices (the mythical son of Oedipus who supposedly encouraged anarchism) raises the eyebrows the censors. Most surprisingly iodized salt is flagged. Why salt? After the Fukushima earthquake, rumors spread around China that iodized salt could protect someone from radiation poisoning. In order to quell that rumor, the Chinese government has been directly censoring it.

Chinese citizens evade the censors with clever methods. They often use slang or homophones instead of directly addressing something. Also, they use Romanized letters (like English), which are not flagged by the search engines. Most clever of all, they sometimes use images of text instead of text itself. Images are not searchable on the web; they show up as blank space, unless you directly tag them with a description. So, you can write something, take a picture of it, and post the picture – completely under the radar.

What do you think of these flagged words?


  1. RedLeafRenegade -  October 20, 2015 - 9:54 am

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    (I wrote salt in chinese as well, to be thorough LOL LOL LOL ROFL :) :) :) :) )
    Someone tell me if most of my comment is censored in China

  2. RedLeafRenegade -  October 20, 2015 - 9:43 am

    This is almost as weird as Facebook trademarking the word “book”
    Almost :)
    If you haven’t read that post check it out, it is on this website.

  3. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 26, 2013 - 4:38 am

    Way 2 Go Chinese! Woo Hoo! Way 2 evade being censored right under the government’s nose! Keep up the good work! (Please note: I am serious. I am not saying this ironically.)

  4. nobody -  April 26, 2012 - 8:42 am

    i dont agree with #Syed Arshad# dont insult our intelligence why would u say fools write and idiots read we read to know you are the greatest idiot because you read it before i did
    .please dont e silly next time weigh your words

  5. DJ RGT -  April 3, 2012 - 10:23 am

    hhhhhhhhooooooooo the hell is a hater

  6. The Cheshire Cat -  April 2, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    Wow, I never thought that a word could literally be banned from a country! I wounder what would happen if you said the word salt in Chinese, in China…

  7. The Cheshire Cat -  April 2, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    ME?! A HATER?! nah

  8. mary torres ~lots of love ~ -  March 28, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    you all are haters

  9. Julie -  March 28, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Funny, I thought they’d ban the word salt because of Gandhi.

  10. mary torres so uncuffed -  March 23, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    right its realy nothing your doing but yourself lol jk;)

  11. Kayla -  March 22, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    And also? PLEASE leave the stuff that really SHOULD be censored out of here!

  12. Sally Santiago -  March 21, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    Yeah really what is the big deal? I mean, sure it happened two thousand years ago and yes, I’m sure it was traumatic for them. But to censor a would because it is spread by a rumor. Isn’t that bit extreme? I mean, what if something like that happened where you live and someone started some ridiculous rumor about some absurd word? The government would have to spend time and money censoring out that word every time it appeared in magazines and/or tv, radio broadcasts etc..

  13. Andrew -  March 20, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    I LOVE salt (opps!)

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  15. Irony -  March 20, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    The ironic part of censoring “salt” is that there is an idiom “Salty Language” which means like curse words and stuff that should be censored. LOL!!

  16. DJ RGT -  March 20, 2012 - 11:50 am

    but i’m canton mass doing business

  17. mary torres so uncuffed -  March 20, 2012 - 6:46 am

    i love you ! lol (random)

  18. Kayla -  March 19, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Why are they censoring salt if it makes people feel more safe from radiation? That’s my question. Ahem, sorry if anyone from the Chinese censorship is reading this.

  19. mary torres so swagging -  March 19, 2012 - 10:42 am

    @dj rgt why you say that ? were you live?

  20. Error-E76-1 -  March 19, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Why Censor the word? Why not Stop eating it?

  21. DJ RGT -  March 19, 2012 - 9:29 am

    damm thats far

  22. His -  March 18, 2012 - 9:43 am

    They figure the population is too dumb to figure out the salt wouldn’t help them… so they decided to eliminate the rumor. Rather than educate them of the truth and let people decide for themselves like we do here in Canada… oh wait… we do the same thing.

  23. mary torres so swagging -  March 17, 2012 - 9:42 am

    im from Cleveland

  24. malathy devanathan -  March 17, 2012 - 6:24 am

    are we in the 21st century?

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  26. Mary Marshall Fowler -  March 15, 2012 - 9:41 am

    I avoid salt because of problems with high blood pressure. But, I certainly disagree with censoring “salt”. It’s unfortunate that so many people in China are taken in by those salt rumors.

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  28. Ruth -  March 15, 2012 - 9:19 am

    @ Berger-Myster Myster-Berger…Why don’t you read a book before you open your mouth. Name one Communist country in history that isn’t or wasn’t corrupt.

    BTW…Did you know what Hitler’s campaign posters said??? “Hitler, our only hope.” Sound familiar? Read!

  29. b, p, m, f... -  March 15, 2012 - 8:43 am

    It was a nice thing to do… the blocking doesn’t cross the SAR border and people in HK FOUGHT over salt.

  30. Allan -  March 15, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Censorship is like a narcotic. Some people live well with it while others do not. The problem is China was for years a “closed society” So therefore they are afraid of any outside influence that could in any way upset the balance of power. It is my opinion that such societies need
    time to see that a certain amount of censorship is ok while to much just like alcohal is not good for one and, only the individual country can decide how much is ok.

  31. Man in the Mirror -  March 15, 2012 - 7:51 am

    yes, you cannot directly access facebook, twitter and youtube in china. but you can use another software or website where you can log-in to these sites which as i remember would cost you some money for subscription to that “under the radar” website.

  32. Mrs. Grant -  March 15, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Laura has a point about protecting citizens from a potentially harmful rumor. However, education does not preclude free speech. It is not necessary to censor a rumor in order to educate people against it. The governement simply could have glutted the media with public service announcements educating people about the potential harm of accepting the advice of the rumor.

  33. asshole -  March 15, 2012 - 7:39 am

    salt to the power of infinity

  34. DJ RGT -  March 15, 2012 - 7:08 am

    And @Mary Torres Facebook is better then twitter…….oohh Yea Mary torres where you from???????

  35. Marc -  March 15, 2012 - 6:38 am

    As one of our founding fathers (Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island) is supposed to have said: “I’ve never seen or smelled an issue that was too dangerous to talk about.” Down with all external forms of censorship and don’t be too liberal with your self censorship either. A little careful self editing is usually all you need.

  36. Rustgold -  March 15, 2012 - 4:32 am

    To those who say China can censor what it likes. China also preaches that the west is evil. It’s a very small step from there to preaching that westerners need to be destroyed.
    Look at South Africa. In 2011, it was raised to level 6 on genocide watch, which is ‘preparation’ to commit general genocide.

    What happens if America continues to decay in its cesspit and China’s leaders decide to openly preach hate? And before anybody screams ‘money’, hate trumps monetary value every single day of the week. It’s a very small step, and one which we’ve seen plenty of times in recent history.
    Remember, the ‘good guys’ don’t always win; even if you can work out who they are.

  37. Wow -  March 15, 2012 - 3:51 am

    Are people really saying salt,salt,salt in these comments befause they think China will censor it? Did someone actually say who cares what China censors if we live in America? I’M surprised that these people subscribe to word of the day or read news at all!

  38. Mike -  March 15, 2012 - 2:50 am

    It sucks, but the censorship of rumors can sometimes be a positive thing. As it was, the public made a run on stores and there was no salt on the shelves for weeks. People are half-jokingly asking each other if they’ve eaten all the salt they bought a year ago!

  39. singkit kamo -  March 15, 2012 - 1:13 am

    This is one way to hinder chinese people from education and have a better life cause obviously they just want their people to be ignorant for the longest time. Poor move by their government and people are smarter to know what is good or not nowadays than it was before. How crazy these people are..

  40. Joshua -  March 15, 2012 - 12:26 am

    Mess with censers and you get burned.

  41. monga -  March 14, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Actually it is not the rumor that the salt can cure the radiation but that after the incidence, people worried that the salt produced from the sea will be harmful to the body. Though I donot know whether it is accurate from the perspective of biology, but it is the real reason why people scrambled for the salt. Thus the retail price increased incredibly. Chinese government banned the item in order to stop the rumor and I think it was right to some degree to protect the rights of the consumers though they can take better actions. Nevertheless, my point is that you guys should know more about China if you are interested in talking about it.

  42. Unknown -  March 14, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Why is there so many spelling errors on dictionary.com?

  43. animelover1870 -  March 14, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    SALT SALT SALT SALT say it however many times it still is salt and man, I am aisan and I still can’t figure why China is so stupid in believing that!

  44. [CENSORED] -  March 14, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Umm…. In the banned books thing… I’m pretty sure Harry Potter and Twilight aren’t banned…. And the rest of the books on there aren’t banned either…

  45. LEOLI -  March 14, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    ok for all of the retards making comments going “SALTSALTSALTSALT…”: GET YOUR DAMN FACTS BEFORE YOU COMMENT. it even said in the article that it was because alot of people were being mistaken that salt could “cure” them from any type of radiation which might lead to a country full of people overdosing on salt and an epic salt shortage. so sensoring salt was a pretty smart move which some what cuts off one of the main sources of incorrect information to the public …

  46. Domain8 -  March 14, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    in-SALT-ing comments seem appropriate when it comes to censors. But I suppose they just want everyone to just play nicely together :)

  47. Radox -  March 14, 2012 - 8:03 pm

    These comments depress me. The hell is wrong with you people? This comment section is one of the best arguments for censorship I’ve seen.

  48. Ray -  March 14, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    SALT = “Strategic Arms Limitation Talks”

    SALT = natrium muriaticum

    SALT = 鹽

    SALT = The “I think I drive a goldplated chariot like a Chinese emperor because I bought the Japanese’ cellphone deal” effect….

  49. Chinese from China -  March 14, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    LOL, are u guys sure democracy is the way?? Puke!

  50. blah -  March 14, 2012 - 7:42 pm

    article says internet used to overthrow government then complains about government doing what it can to stop it. try us internet to do the same in usa… you will find out about NDAA. just sayin

  51. hans downe -  March 14, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    @Jay Selvey
    I think I am going to puke.

  52. sherryyu -  March 14, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    wat the hike is wrong with the chinese?!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  53. Hypocrisy -  March 14, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    As some people said, it’s pretty much like SOPA and PIPA, so instead of acting spamming “salt” just for the fun of it and criticising China, why not think about all the laws in your own country that violate your rights? Homosexual marriages are still not allowed in some of the states in the US.
    I do not approve of China censoring everything, but if you look back at the article as it is written, it says that it “censors” the word “salt” on Internet. It does not “ban” it, and you will not get arrested for saying “salt”. Please people, stop freaking out. Communism is bad; so is Capitalism. The people either get controlled by the government or the elite/rich. Either way, you’re stuck.
    Democracy is awesome, but which country can you name that is truly democratic? That being said, I mean those that do not have a majority government, since it simply comes back to one party having the right to decide everything.
    I acknowledge the fact that most of us are lucky to live in a relatively democratic county though. Indeed, the US seems oh-so-great, however, do you really think that it is possible to compare the political system of a country that is not even 300 years old with the one of a civilisation that has over 4000 years of history?
    As my history teacher once said, revolution doesn’t take a day. People may be free, but they are lost without what they are accustomed to.

  54. Blahblahblah -  March 14, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    I mean seriously, you could just take potassium iodide and be safe from iodine-131 and whatsoever.

  55. ca -  March 14, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    SALT = Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty

  56. bakura -  March 14, 2012 - 4:07 pm



    so… wait… exactly how do you buy salt in china then?

    i do not understand modern people

  57. Mao Zedong -  March 14, 2012 - 3:38 pm


  58. Berger-Myster Myster-Berger -  March 14, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    I hate when I hear people complain about “Commies”, a communist is just an extreme liberal. China’s problem is in it’s leaders, not the economic system. Communism, is Government control, capitalism is Elite/Rich control; either way the working man is on his own. Its democracy that makes the difference. That is why we are against china. Then again, We aren’t, We should be against china like with Cuba, but we aren’t. DC befuddles me :(

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  60. ChellJohnson -  March 14, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    A bit like SOPA, when you think about it.

  61. Tank -  March 14, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    It’s because they think that’s what Lebron throws in the air before each game lol.

  62. Lisa -  March 14, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    Then what do we say when we want some on our fries?
    “Excuse me, I would like some sodium chloride on my fries”?

  63. Mackenzie -  March 14, 2012 - 11:52 am

    i live in america so i can say SALT all i want…….


    Still want to censor me? <3

    jk……………..some words here (smirk. some) are banned. its ok chinese………………………………………………………………..i have lots of friends who r chinese dont blame them. alright bye and dont comment on me if i understood something wrong.



  64. Artful Lounger -  March 14, 2012 - 11:23 am

    I think that people are making a big fuss over nothing. China can censor anything they damn well please as is their governmental right. I am totally aware how stupid it is, believe me. I just think that no matter how stupid anyone in here says it is, nothing whatsoever will happen to change it. Really, I am going to take the time to reflect on how this relates to my life and experiences, and see if I can learn from it. I won’t intrude on anyones life by suggesting you do the same, however I will say that it can improve ones quality of life.

  65. jay selvey -  March 14, 2012 - 11:22 am


    What about Dweeb?
    or a rainy day being dwizzly? Or am I being dwastic? Oh, dwat! I can’t get in my sock dwawer! Got to dwive to the store and get a pair.

  66. Shari -  March 14, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Thank you for clearing that up. I can go along with “By any means possible” in order to avoid a salt crisis. As long as the people are given ALL of the information in a CLEAR and CONCISE way. So it doesn’t cause another type of epidemic…. LIKE THIS STORY :/
    But I don’t think that the Governement should have a ‘right’ to censor words like ‘salt’
    Again, thank you for the information, Logan :)

  67. jay selvey -  March 14, 2012 - 10:50 am

    The eating of tape worms was a viable way to loose weight in lieu of diet and exercise in the 19th century. It was not neccessarily fatal however. When the “dieter” would reach the desired weight they would fast and go see a doctor. The doctor would heat milk, have the “dieter” breathe the fumes and ingest a very small amount. The worm, being starved would come up the esophogas to get the food and the doctor would nab the head. He would then pull the worm out. Of course the head would break off most of the times and you would pass it the other way. Gross, I know.

  68. mary torres so swagging -  March 14, 2012 - 9:55 am

    facebook is better then tritter

  69. Jesus -  March 14, 2012 - 9:51 am

    pony pony pony pony <3<3<3<3<3<3

  70. Aiyana -  March 14, 2012 - 9:37 am

    okay, I don’t understand this at all! it’s like if America banned the word pepper. It’s absolutely ridiculous!!

  71. ben -  March 14, 2012 - 9:24 am

    this is so lame come on now guys salt is nasty but dont ban it tf?

  72. Tai -  March 14, 2012 - 8:35 am

    I can totally understand these censors. They may seem… weird to Americans, but to the Chinese govt. they just want the chinese to… submit? I guess. I don’t know, I hope that they will just relax a bit, I mean, really.

  73. Megachamp -  March 14, 2012 - 8:31 am

    Considering SOPA and PIPA’s attempts to destroy the internet, I’m not surprised why people would be over-reacting…
    China’s government’s like SOPA and PIPA (So much that I actually thought all the members of SOPA & PIPA were Chinese at one point! XD), they usually are like: “We slightly dislike this (Insert object/person here), WE MUST KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!” (I guess I kinda exaggerated that a bit)…
    Though, in their defense, they probably were just worried about their civilians stupidly kill themselves because of a rumor. They probably have good intentions, they just did the wrong thing…

  74. Gearsthecool -  March 14, 2012 - 8:12 am

    yet again China proves it needs democracy.

  75. Divergencia Anomalia -  March 14, 2012 - 7:56 am

    Hi, I am Divergencia, the needed quest for human self expression, and I hate censorship. Thanks to God, I am good person, and hurt none as far as I can help. But then there’s my OTHER SIDE, my DARK Spirit, Anamolia. She’s dark and sinister. She hurts peole without even trying, or being aware of it. She is ALL for censorship, because the thought of hurting populations with corrosive remarks, or insidious habits, is so woefully sad for her. So she is willing to “suffer less” the pains of being censorsed, than the far worse pains of being guilty ofthose terribly sinful attacks against people. Why? Well you see, Anomalia prefers to be on the right side of the final judgement. Better to be safe than sorry in the Last Judgement.

    So, that is my present judgement, to want both sides, to be censored ( Anomalia), and not to be a free uncensored spirit
    Ironicly True, is right to be firmly ensconced on against the “sins” of psychic pollution.

  76. Joe -  March 14, 2012 - 7:44 am

    From what I understand, there are no cases of someone suffering with radiation sickness (poisoning) as a result of the Fukushima incident, even the workers on site of the accident received no where close to enough dose to develop radiation sickness.
    However if someone was in danger of being exposed to radioactive iodine (which is particularly harmful) taking regular iodine will actually provide some degree of protection for your thyroid. Though this is usually done with iodine pills, I’d question how much table salt would be doing for you.

  77. Ironicly True -  March 14, 2012 - 7:37 am

    Hi everybody, guys and gals, my comment of an hour or so ago was censored, it seems. I swear that I send in a comment to which Divergencia responded. But it is missing from the list to date!!! Well mysteries do happen. Maybe the universe censored it in some way of its own choosing!!!

    Oh well I’ll retry it. Here it is,again, in a slightly better version,

    Many Americans, and Westerners in general, are against censorship because they are taught that censorship is bad right from elementary school onward. But censorship is not absolutely bad. There are many exceptional cases where it is “better than”. There is much material that needs to be censored — and not only in matters that could compromise national security.

    The US ( & now, Western) notion of the Bill of Rights seems to have serious shortcomings in the case of the Question “To censor, or NOT to censor?”. For example, a lot of advirtizing is intrusive, abnoxious, ruins morals, and stresses people. Such sorts of things SHOULD be not only censored but “absolutely” banned, because they ruin people’s peaceful stae of mind.

  78. abhishek -  March 14, 2012 - 7:20 am

    I tell you very useful info….goitre can be cured by iodised salt….oh chineese might don’t want be aware or they are well educated since childhood….although action had been taken for the welfare of chineese people but that is not a right way…..either chineese people do not get time to Interact with each other or they are busy in over producing their products…..

  79. Divergencia Anomalia -  March 14, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Ironicly True, you have some good points in your comment. Let me connect it with something happier . . and relevant . . in some divergent way

    March 14 th. is Albert Einstein’s birthday. It is also “pi” day, because 3.14 are the first three numbers of the approximation to the number pi. ( See wikpiedia for more). Princeton university is celebrating Pi day along with Einstein’s birday.
    Here’s the connexion:

    JUST AS EINSTEIN changed the WORLD by TOTALLY CHANGING our common sense notions of time and space, so TOO I HOPE that in the FUTURE, OUR EMERGING INTELLIGENCE, will TOTALLY CHANGE our DEMOCRACY so that sychic pollution will be censored, and banned.

  80. Ironicly True -  March 14, 2012 - 7:06 am

    Many Americans, and Westerners in general, are against censorship because they are tought that censorship is bad right from elementary school onward. But censorship is not absolutely bad. There are many exceptional case where it is better than. There is much material that needs to be censored . . and not only matters that ould compromise national security.

    The Western notion of the Bill of Rights seems to have serious shortcomings here. A lot of advirtizing is intrusive, abnoxious, ruins morals, and stresses people. Such sorts of things SHOULD be not only censored but “absolutely” banned.

  81. Shari -  March 14, 2012 - 6:49 am

    That I’m aware of, there’s nothing that ‘cures’ radiation poisoning… No need to go to the doctor…. so, *IF* a person is ‘mentally assured’ by using SALT for radiation poisoning, then WHY would the government BAN that person from doing so?

  82. NeverReturn -  March 14, 2012 - 5:01 am

    WHAT FLAGGED WORDS ???!! *Blush* I guess I wasn’t paying attention. No seriously It’s not a spam but I just don’t get this article Dictionary.com; Sometimes your artilces slip of the topic ^ ^ if I’m right !

  83. xiao_khat -  March 14, 2012 - 4:13 am

    @FireNinjaStar yup, twitter and facebook are banned in china. that’s why chinese versions of twitter and fb mushroomed on the country. I’d say the chinese imitations are better than the original ones!!!! hahha!!!

  84. Mr. Obvious -  March 14, 2012 - 3:58 am

    You would think that the comments on dictionary-dot-com would have better spelling. You can lead a horse to water…

  85. tosha -  March 14, 2012 - 2:47 am

    so they banned facebook and twitter. smart move really. ban it in europe and usa, and you’ll fix the deficit problem.

    if i could choose between healthy economy under communist rule, and democracy of eu with mock-up economy, i would choose chinese type of communism any day. who needs democracy when you are about to starve, or even worse: your democratic government is about to bombard some poor schmucks in africa to make sure they preserve the quality of life in europe despite unhealthy economy.

    waiter! please take back this democracy and tell the cook that it is rather stale. bring me one fresh communism instead.

  86. Electrek -  March 14, 2012 - 1:40 am

    Whoa seriously? The word salt is banned here? O>O That’s scary…

  87. HI -  March 14, 2012 - 1:25 am


  88. Anonymous -  March 13, 2012 - 11:37 pm

    Cyraus is right. While the censorship is going overboard, it’s a valid way to get rid of the rumor. How do you stop a rumor? Stop it from spreading. Sure, there are better ways, but this doesn’t have anything to do with things like Communism and stuff. Really. As if America doesn’t have dumb laws.

  89. m_3_3_t -  March 13, 2012 - 10:48 pm

    just wondering…wat wud hv possibly hppned to the movie “SALT” in china…they must hve declared it a movie for the “mutes”!!!


  90. Trazic -  March 13, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50)
    Lol, seemed appropriate…

  91. Sammi -  March 13, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    LOLz! I’m a chinese girl and I Love Math beause Asian PPL are better tha americans in MATH! te he! LOLz! i luv school!… -ish

  92. Me -  March 13, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt saltsalt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt salt astl saalt !!!!! censor that!

  93. Me -  March 13, 2012 - 8:39 pm


  94. Me -  March 13, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Salt! delicious! China’s censoring is…. um different.

    I love salt. not a lot though. I like to keep a couple salts on my tongue…. mM-MM!! yummy!

    well, people should ban those romanized words too then. bye.

  95. Mateo -  March 13, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Hmm… If they censor so many things, then the Chinese populace will become as idiotic and stupid as us Americans! Ha, ha, ha. You laugh, but it’s true. Also, I got 100% on the banned books quiz thingy; should I be concerned?

  96. Will -  March 13, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Why is everyone playing the CENSORED jokes??? Spamming..

  97. I am soo S[CENSORED] -  March 13, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    Well, who cares about those [CENsORED] ??? What the [CENSORED] are they doing???? Nonsense, banning a rumor????? Re-[CENSORED] China Government… All that seem just extremely [CENSORED] to me!!! Go censor Firewall!!! Or, for it’s full name, The [CENSORED] !!!

  98. Aini -  March 13, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    IODIZED SALT can protect you from radiation is the worst rumor i’ve heard. Id like to see the idiot who came up with that. HA! CENSORE THis CHINA iodized salt iodized salt iodized salt iodized salt iodized salt.

  99. Brianna -  March 13, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Really who cares, this is an issue with China concerning China, so if we live in the U.S. who gives a two- shit about what China censores.

  100. wow guys -  March 13, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    people need to calm down and remember that different countries believe in different things. Just because someone’s ideas are different doesn’t mean you can call them stupid.

  101. Logan -  March 13, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    The Chinese government tried to quell those rumours just because everyone was buying up all the salt they could in the wake of the Fukushima accident. This was a real problem; I was in Xi’an at the time, 600 miles from the sea (the radioactive isotope everyone was worried about could only be spread by the sea), and every supermarket in the city sold out of salt in a few hours.

    Not that censorship was the way to deal with the problem, but they were trying whatever methods they had available to avoid an Epic Salt Crisis.

  102. J-Wu33 -  March 13, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    Why censor certain subjects? Just build a great big army to destroy the rioters…

  103. Yea right -  March 13, 2012 - 6:15 pm


  104. DictionFan -  March 13, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    Censoring salt? China has gotten just a tad bit far, don’t you think? Strict censorship had a purpose in large scale wars like the World Wars and also served its purpose in the ancient times and 20th century media industries, but now, I think it should be gone, save for war and rated 18+ material. Censorship helps hide secrets, secrets fuel power, and power corrupts [greatly].

  105. Jerry -  March 13, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    Communism in itself is great in theory but never works in real life. I, myself, am chinese and China is actually a great example of what not to do if you want a successful communist government.Specifically, internet censorship.

  106. OboeWhizzy -  March 13, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Facebook is not censored in China! I have loads of friends on Facebook who live in China. (Well I guess they could be accessing it “under the radar” too.)

  107. john -  March 13, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    stupid and pointless some news writer people need to get a live -_-

  108. Somebody -  March 13, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    Lead can stop radiation! Everybody, start consuming lead! Lol

  109. Vanessa -  March 13, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    ‘. Polynices (the mythical son of Oedipus who supposedly encouraged anarchism) raises the eyebrows the censors.’

    Raises the eyebrows the censors? Um…what?

    ‘In order to quell that rumor, the Chinese government has been directly censoring them.’

    That rumor…censoring them. Agreement issue here. It should be either ‘THOSE rumors…censoring them’ or ‘that rumor…censoring IT.’

  110. Bobby -  March 13, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    bleh blee

  111. C -  March 13, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    salt is on french fries… therefore salt is DELICIOUS

  112. Mikaela -  March 13, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    its not true that facebook is censored 100% of the time, i have a friend that was an exchange student here to the U.S. from China, she has a facebook, and she can get through probably about 4 times a month maybe 5 or 6….it just depends on when you can find holes in the system. so yeah.

  113. Bobby -  March 13, 2012 - 4:06 pm


  114. MissGingerlyWays -  March 13, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name them.

  115. Pepper -  March 13, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    Actually, that rumour is more or less true, given some conditions: Provided the radioactive material people are going to be exposed to is iodine isotopes, taking iodine pills makes sense: your organism is overloaded with the stuff, which means that it won’t try to absorb the radioactive iodine floating around the atmosphere.

    Doesn’t mean that swallowing ten tablespoons of salt a day is a good idea, though. Most of the time, in applicable cases, the medical services in the country will take care of distributing iodine pills.

  116. shit -  March 13, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    i dont understand why this happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  117. Vicaari -  March 13, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Interesting article

    Thank you

  118. 2nd -  March 13, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Hey China!!!!!!!! SALTSALTSALTSALTSALT! So there.

  119. Lol00000 -  March 13, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    just take a picture of your document 0__o

  120. Cyraus -  March 13, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    People, calm down a bit. It is different, but that doesn’t make it stupid or wrong. It’s just their way of doing things; it’s not right or wrong. It depends on where you’re coming from.
    It’s not that I approve of such strict censorship. I wouldn’t want it for myself, but I still respect it.

  121. Syed Arshad -  March 13, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Hi guys,
    whether it was created 2,000 yrs or somethng else.
    Really who cares man.!!!!!!
    Unexpected stuffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Can anyone prove it that iz stuff is 2**** yrs old.

    Best of my knwldge nobody will belve thz as this is made in China…
    Ha Ha Ha.
    Fools write n idiots read n fish ppl turst it

  122. david -  March 13, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    wow,salt is good for you it is like medicine for your taste buds. The salty goodness is amazing.:P

  123. Charles -  March 13, 2012 - 2:51 pm
  124. ihatechinacommunistgov -  March 13, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    The communist government official is now afraid of there own shadow. That’s why communism sucks. They need to be more democratic.

    Living in communism is like living in the middle ages.

  125. Thesmartcookie -  March 13, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    seriously? The comment made by david is funny… Accepted by idiots! Ha..their calling censorerers idiots! Lol..Btw salt is delicous and stupid! HEY CHINA CENSORE THIS! iodized salt iodized salt iodized salt iodized salt! HA HAA HAA

  126. Laura -  March 13, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    It might be strange – ridiculous, even – to us in America, but in the aftermath of the earthquake in China, it was actually a wise move on the part of the government to censor salt. Here’s the rationale:
    The rumor about iodized salt would’ve been censored to help protect the citizens who might be foolish enough to believe the rumor and think taking a dose of salt would be enough to take care of any radiation poisoning they might’ve gotten instead of going to a health care professional and getting taken care of properly.
    It’s like the rather old fad diet of ingesting tape worms to lose weight: It can be downright lethal to believe such rumors and in this case, with people who may or may not be necessarily educated and would be very, very desperate, it was actually the right move to make if there were too many places where the rumor was popping up and not enough manpower to censor them.
    China just needs remember to lift the censor on salt at a later when the furor has died down, the rumors are quashed, and/or correct information concerning iodized salt and radiation poisoning has been widely circulated.

  127. MissGingerlyWays -  March 13, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    clearly its because salt is bad for you!! lol
    Mmmm salt!

  128. Yea right -  March 13, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    haha first comment ^U^
    it lifts my spirits

  129. David -  March 13, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Really it was 2,000 years ago(SUCH A BIG RUMOR). Here is another fact rumors are carried by haters,spread by fools and excepted by idiots. People make up things just to make them self feel on top. Well guess what, that really make them on the bottom.When I think of this really big rumor it makes me go back to the days when rumors were spreading around school( about me were spreading).Trust me it is not fun.So china really needs to stop it with not using the salt

  130. kegan murray -  March 13, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    censors are over rated

  131. FireNinjaStar -  March 13, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Oh. wait,Facebook and Twitter are disabled in China? XD

  132. justin michael -  March 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    get over it if you dont wana here it put your dam hands over your ears

  133. anna -  March 13, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    i really do not see the point???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  134. i'm an UNbelieber -  March 13, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    what’s the point in banning a rumour? i mean seriously come on!

    1st comment ^^

  135. John -  March 13, 2012 - 11:57 am

    My opinion of censors is that they should [CENSORED] in the [CENSORED] and take their [CENSORED] and [CENSORED] with a white hot [CENSORED] even if [CENSORED] [CENSORED] [CENSORED]. Otherwise, I’m fine with it.


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