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Ex Google China chief Kaifu Lee invites 30m weibo fans to join him on Twitter

Never one to shy away from controversy, former Google China head Kaifu Lee has called upon his 30-million Sina Weibo followers to join him on Twitter.

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Lee was recently banned both from Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo for three days. While it’s unclear precisely why he was banned, it’s likely that the orders to do so came from Chinese authorities.

The former Google chairman took to Twitter, saying “I’ve been blocked from Sina and Tencent Weibo for three days; you can find me here [on Twitter].”

Given that Twitter is banned in China it’s unlikely that many of his followers will join him on the social network.

As Tech in Asia notes Lee has been in trouble with Chinese authorities in the past. Just last month, he reported that he’d been questioned by police for supporting an outspoken newspaper in the country.

He was also vocal in his objection to the temporary blocking of social programming site Github in the China.

It is interesting to note however that were all of Lee’s Sina Weibo followers to join him on Twitter, he would instantly become one of the social network’s most followed people, breathing in the same rarefied air as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

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  • PeterCaoSun

    No matter in China or in the U.S., a well-educated man would never humiliate an innocent woman, even if she is wife of a presidential candidate, and especially after the election is over; Kaifu Lee’s such despeciable behavior has misled belief of Chinese society over the U.S. people, as well as be a humiliation to the dignity of the whole nation of the United States;

  • PeterCaoSun

    Kaifu Lee is not man with integrity; Kaifu Lee used to betray his former employers of both Microsoft and Google, and he had even ensued legal battle when he suddenly left Microsoft for Google in 2005. And again Kaifu Lee suddenly abandoned his former employer Google when he started his own business in 2009, soon after he could take away all the Google stock, a treacherous type.

    Kaifu Lee needs to have some integrity and honesty, a candid heart from inside out, before he would have some credibility to be trusted. But the real Kaifu Lee is a non-eastern, non-western, disloyal, dishonest personnel, who supports his fame by way of stirring up troubles among others; Kaifu Lee is a curse to Chinese people, as well as to American people, a typical quack who’s philosophy would be troubles to both the youth and the adult

  • PeterCaoSun

    Kaifu Lee had on 2012/11/07 on his weibo (Chinese version of twitter), broadcasting into tens of millions of his followers, publicly humiliated U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife with a lewd and racy post right after the election is over;

    As a reminder, till today, that racy post on Kaifu Lee’s weibo site displayed on 2012/11/07 to humiliate that innocent woman, Romney’s wife, is still alive on Kaifu Lee’s weibo site;

    But a man with education should never publicly humiliate an innocent woman, even if she is wife of a presidential candidate, and especially after the election is over; Kaifu Lee, as a public figure owe Romney’s wife, as well as owe the general public, a formal apology over such a despicable behavior of his;

  • PeterCaoSun

    Kaifu Lee had on 2012/11/07 on his weibo (Chinese version of twitter), broadcasting into tens of millions of his followers,http://tiny.cc/4egkow publicly humiliated U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife with a lewd and racy post right after the election is over;

  • PeterCaoSun

    No matter in China or in the U.S., a well-educated man would never humiliate an innocent woman, even if she is wife of a presidential candidate, and especially after the election is over; Kaifu Lee’s such despeciable behavior has misled belief of Chinese society over the U.S. people, as well as be a humiliation to the dignity of the whole nation of the United States;

  • PeterCaoSun

    Kaifu Lee’s vice in China started from his self-potraited cleverness; He often takes advantage of his cleverness to fool the average Chinese people, and take advantages of the average Chinese people with his strong foriegn background;

    And in case of Kaifu Lee’s racy action on the Romneys, he is trying to fawn on dignitaries who are Romney’s rivals in the U.S., in order to bum for support from them to get Lee himself back to Google which Lee had abandoned to start his personal business in 2009

    — Such a despicable behavior from such a despicable soul

    — Obviously, Lee’s vice had been harmful to both Chinese people and to the U.S. people