China re­places top in­ter­net cen­sor

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China is re­plac­ing its top in­ter­net reg­u­la­tor and cen­sor, Lu Wei, who had be­come the face of the gov­ern­ment’s in­creas­ingly com­pli­cated deal­ings with for­eign tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies. The of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency re­ported that Lu would be re­placed by his deputy, Xu Lin, in im­ple­ment­ing gov­ern­ment poli­cies con­cern­ing the in­ter­net, in­clud­ing over­see­ing so­cial me­dia and ne­go­ti­at­ing with tech­nol­ogy firms that want to do busi­ness in China. The out­spo­ken and gre­gar­i­ous Lu spent years de­fend­ing China’s cen­sor­ship poli­cies and re­stric­tions on for­eign so­cial me­dia plat­forms like Face­book as a mat­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity.

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