After a week’s suspension due to government crackdown, Sina Weibo’s trending topics and other promotional features are back up, Sina has reported (in Chinese). Last week, the Cyberspace Administration issued a ban on some of Weibo’s most searched hashtags and the microblog platform’s trending topics feature Hot Search (微博热搜).

In response, Weibo took a week to redesign trending topics and other promotional features before reintroducing the sanitized version. The biggest change was Hot Search which offers a real-time updated list of the hottest discussions according to data from users’ search results. The brand new Hot Search feature is now divided into four sections with a new section named New Era added.

Sina’s Weibo is one of the most popular social media networks where users can interact with strangers and voice opinions on issues on a visible public platform. The Hot Search function helped Weibo users find out and get involved with the most important topics being discussed online.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.