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China Microblog Services Block Searches for Tweets on Egypt

Internet users in China were unable to search for content about Egypt on microblog services offered by companies including Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Sina Corp., as anti-government protests escalated in the Middle Eastern nation.

Sina is prevented from showing microblog posts related to Egypt by “rules and regulations,” according to a message displayed by its website, when a search on the keyword “Egypt” is entered in Chinese. Similar searches on microblog services run by Tencent and Sohu.com Inc. returned no related posts.