Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Blog posts on article about Alibaba’s China leadership links censored 7 hours ago View photo A man plays snooker in a hall inside Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April BEIJING (Reuters) – Microblog posts about a New York Times article on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding’s [IPO-BABA.N] close ties to descendants of China’s leaders have been removed by censors, a censorship monitoring group said on Tuesday. Alibaba has been in the spotlight as it prepares its stock market listing – potentially the largest ever tech debut in the United States – particularly over its complicated web of affiliations and corporate governance. One censored post on the Weibo Corp microblog included a Chinese version of the New York Times piece, with the comment, “It’s not only Yahoo and SoftBank behind Alibaba,” Weiboscope, a University of Hong Kong project that publishes and analyses censored posts, said. Yahoo Inc, with a 22.5 percent stake in Alibaba, and SoftBank Corp with a 34.3 percent ownership are Alibaba’s two biggest shareholders. “That post was deleted not primarily because of Alibaba, but mostly because it mentions the leadership and their offspring, their sons and grandsons, involved in the investment,” Fu King-wa, an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre who runs Weiboscope, said.
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