Wednesday, June 5, 2013

China bans all internet searches for 'big yellow duck' as part of Tiananmen Square anniversary clampdown after prankster substitutes ducks for tanks in viral image

The Chinese authorities have banned the phrase 'big yellow duck' as an internet search item after a prankster substituted tanks for ducks in a doctored version of a world famous photograph taken during the Tiananmen massacre

China has begun an annual crackdown on efforts by families to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre, 24 years after the pro-democracy demonstrations were crushed by the People’s Liberation Army.

A number of internet search terms have been banned including 'tomorrow' "today", "tonight", "June 4" and other number combinations that might refer to what the Chinese call the June Fourth Incident .