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Pelosi Knocks Out China’s Weibo as Millions Track Taiwan Trip

  • House Speaker’s arrival on island deemed provocative by China
  • China’s Twitter-like service was overwhelmed by the discussion
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Speaker Pelosi Arrives in Taiwan

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan briefly crashed Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, as millions in the country discussed and debated her Asia trip.

The microblogging platform apologized for a half-hour outage of its mobile app in the period immediately before Pelosi’s landing at 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, when countless messages tracking her plane flooded social media.