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Winnie the Pooh has been banned from Chinese social media


Images of Winnie the Pooh have been banned on social media sites in China after bloggers compared the cartoon character to the Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Over the weekend, Chinese censors blocked users of Chinese social media sites WeChat and Weibo from posting pictures of the bear. Bloggers had used Winnie the Pooh in poking fun at Xi's interactions with world leaders like former President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Chinese bloggers have started to refer to being censored as having been "harmonised," according to the BBC.

No official explanation was given about the ban, but China isn't the first country to crack down on Winnie the Pooh. Russia banned the cartoon bear, claiming that it was "extremist" material.

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