The Fall of China’s Internet King | China Uncensored

On this episode of China Uncensored, ever wonder how China’s Internet became
so censored? You can thank this guy. Welcome back, I’m Chris Chappell. The Internet’s got a new loser! Just look at him! No, not Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. I mean the happy guy in the chair. That’s Lu Wei, China’s Internet Czar. Former Internet Czar. That photo’s from 2014. He’s not so happy anymore. Because Lu Wei is the latest high-ranking
official Chinese leader Xi Jinping has taken down in his ongoing purge of political opponents— what he calls the “anti-corruption campaign.” According to this announcement, Lu Wei has been accused of “seriously violating Party discipline.” Which basically means, he’s as good as convicted, expelled from the Communist Party, and destined for prison. Sorry Mark Zuckerberg! If you were trying to get Facebook into China, you chose the wrong guy to Zuck up to. Once upon a time, Lu Wei was basically the ruler of China’s
Internet— the guy responsible for earning China the coveted title of Freedom House’s “worst abuser of internet freedom,” for three years in a row! That’s a way less controversial title, by
the way, than People’s Sexiest Man Alive. I’m with the Houston Chronicle on this one. Kim Jong Un is still waiting for your call,
People Magazine. Anyway, yes, China is officially the three-time consecutive
champion of worst internet freedom. Take that, Syria! Wait, Syria still has Internet? Back to Lu Wei. The Guardian describes him as the “powerful and flamboyant former head of China’s Cyberspace Administration.” That was the administration that oversaw Internet censorship. Lu was certainly powerful. But flamboyant? I mean, he loved to get photo ops with Western tech giants kissing up to him— like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. I think it’s more like, he’s kind of crazy. He said “Freedom and order are twin sisters.” Which would make sense if he was trying to argue that free countries are more stable— which is usually true. But I think he was using that to justify China’s heavy-handed Internet censorship. But you know what? That makes sense, because— get this— there’s no censorship on the Chinese Internet! Yes, China’s top Internet censor says there’s no Internet censorship. He claims the Internet is simply “managed.” Which is like selling cruelty-free beef, and saying the cows weren’t slaughtered. They were just massaged. To death. So it should be no surprise that Lu Wei is same guy once hired a famous songwriter to write the song “Cyberspace Spirit.” Powerful Internet country! The Web is where glorious dreams are! Powerful Internet country! From the distant cosmos to the home we long
for! Powerful Internet country! Tell the world that the China Dream is lifting Greater China to prominence! Wow, that’s pretty catchy… in a creepy Soviet way. Hope I don’t get that stuck in my head. And if that song’s not crazy enough, Lu Wei also allegedly went to parties serving human breast milk. Lu Wei also did some practical things. Like spearheading China’s plan to eliminate
VPNs, the special software that allows Chinese netizens to get through the Great Firewall of China and access the real Internet. And when Lu Wei was in charge of the Cyberspace Administration of China, he oversaw the early drafts of the now infamous Cybersecurity Law that requires foreign companies store their user data inside China— and give the Chinese Communist Party full access to that Chinese user data. Under Lu Wei, the Chinese regime’s grip on social media
tightened. Internet users had to register with their
real names. And that means no fake Twitter accounts. We know who you are, Anakin Skywalker. Also, Lu Wei banned all of Twitter. Of course, if you’re on the Chinese internet, you won’t hear much about the fall of Lu
Wei because the Chinese Internet is of course, massively censored. I mean massaged. I mean, managed. China Digital Times discovered this Propaganda Department directive that orders media to censor-slash-manage all comments about Lu Wei. It’s almost poetic, how his downfall is being censored by the very apparatus that he built. What’s that, Shelley? We have video of the propaganda directive? Go ahead. Ok, ok, you got me. Man, that song is catchy. Where was I? Oh right, as I mentioned earlier, the fall of Lu Wei is tied into Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s battle against his political
opponents, a loosely tied faction under former Chinese
leader Jiang Zemin. Sorry, wrong toad. The resemblance is really uncanny. So Lu Wei was deeply enmeshed in the propaganda
wing of the Communist Party— the guys responsible for making the Party
look good. In other words, miracle workers. Somewhat inept miracle workers. For two decades Lu Wei “served as party secretary of the state-run Xinhua news agency, and Beijing’s propaganda chief, eventually making it up to deputy head of the CCP’s central propaganda department.” That means he worked under the head of Party propaganda, Liu Yunshan. Liu was one of the highest ranking members of Jiang Zemin’s faction, and used his clout to undermine Xi. If you want to learn more about Liu Yunshan, watch my previous episode online, “Who Controls China’s Propaganda.” Xi Jinping has been trying to wrestle control of the Party’s propaganda from the Jiang Zemin faction. Especially when it comes to the Internet. That’s why Xi Jinping gave himself so many fancy new titles, like head of the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Information. A year ago, Lu Wei was mysteriously fired from the Cyberspace Administration of China. And Xi Jinping appointed his own guy to replace
him. Now, Lu Wei has been detained, and “Several of Lu’s associates and officials in charge of regulating online services have also been taken into custody.” What’s that, Shelley? We have video of Lu Wei’s confession?! Wow. Yes, I want to see it. Hey. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on…you, twice. Back to Lu Wei. State-run media isn’t being kind to him. The Global Times wrote, “Lu was a typical ‘two-faced person,’ as he severely deviated from Party principle and ruined the image of the cyberspace administration
team and harmed the development of cyberspace.” Which really doesn’t make much sense if you think about it. Lu Wei did exactly the Communist Party wanted as far as censoring the Internet. And even though he was fired a year ago, there hasn’t exactly been a big push to undo all the controls he put in place. The internet will continue to be “managed” to benefit the Communist Party. But undoing Lu Wei’s work is not what the investigation of him is about. If previous purges of high ranking officials are any indication, I wouldn’t be surprised if Xi Jinping is ultimately making his way for Liu Yunshan. Because even as Lu’s former Xinhua News
Agency turns on him… …one thing is clear: Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is not winding down. And neither is Internet censorship, just so we’re clear on that. And Lu Wei’s downfall offers yet another
example of why doing business in China is risky business. Remember that photo of Lu and Mark Zuckerberg? All that hard work spent developing a relationship with someone who ended up on the wrong side of a political purge. Now he’ll have to start all over again with the new Internet czar. What a waste. Kind of like when former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with disgraced Chinese
official and proud Jiang faction member Bo Xilai right at the beginning of Bo’s downfall back in 2012. Which was dumb. But maybe things will work out better for Mark Zuckerberg. After all, according to Chinese state-run media, he did spend his time with Lu Wei praising Xi Jinping’s book that was conveniently and prominently placed on a desk. He even told Lu that he bought the book for his coworkers, too. What a boss. Yes, Shelley? We have video of Lu talking to Zuckerberg. Nice try. I’m not falling for that again. What? You promise that it’s not that Cyberspace Spirit song? Ok, fine, roll it. That is the first time I’ve been happy about being Rickrolled. Thanks, Shelley. What do you think of the fall of Lu Wei? And do you have Cyberspace Spirit? Leave your comments below. Thanks for watching this episode of China
Uncensored. Once again I’m your host Chris Chappell, see you next time. Aren’t you happy you have access to an uncensored Internet? Well, depending on what happens with Net Neutrality at least. But why not celebrate your uncensored Internet by visiting There you can see full half hour episode that you won’t see on YouTube. And definitely not in China. Once again that’s

100 thoughts on “The Fall of China’s Internet King | China Uncensored

  1. the big reason when people ask me what my Facebook account name is and I told him I don't have one, minor reason cuz Facebook is Gay lol but the major reason is all the government spying companies buying your data and their founder gargling small Chinese cock to get in that Marketplace and screwing us companies or shows like China uncensored to bow down to a bunch of filthy communist. Mark Zuckerberg should be tried as a traitor executed during the next Super Bowl and then that filmed and reanimated into holographics like Tupac so we can redo it every year for halftime. Actually never mind that kind of sounds like something China would do, I'm only joking about the execution part but that's something China would probably do. Zuckerberg is unamerican though through and through.

  2. When we see Internet Censored King, Lu Wei and Mark Commie Suckerberg get together and have a good laugh. We know that freedom of speech and f'ked!

  3. Mark Commie Suckerberg is a communist anti-American, anti-free speech Chinese Communist boot-licker Drone. I said that Facebook will be gone soon! A two-face liar! Typical communist characteristics!

  4. Don't you think these videos are also propagandas? If the CPC wanna make propaganda against the US, there are also tons of things they can pick out. Do you really think you can think independently in this ''free'' country? It's just different ways of brainwashing. Everyone is brainwashed by either this or that ideology.


  6. Love your all clips. Mark Zuckerberg is a businessman after all, plus his wife I’d Chinese, not surprised at all when he has tried to flatter Lu and anyone later. Lol about the Mao’s book. What the heck Mark employees w them? Ah, making the recycle business more prosperously!

  7. Dude u needs to be a global news outlet your funny and you tell it like it is i love watching your videos man

  8. In my country we don't have uncensored internet (Denmark) because as it turns out Stream ripping is a danger to public safety as well as torrents, (or perhaps it's just a danger to the behemoth global entertaintment industry)

  9. How far, as a society, can our media drift from truth? This report shows what MSM propagandists, and their gate keepers, wont:

    "China had four times as many artificial intelligence-
    related patents and three times as many blockchain and
    crypto-related patents as of 2017"

    Download Report from UBS:

  10. I Honestly Dont Know How To yell Good job too 1. Xi Jinping purging "Corruption" But will making the military stronger over taiwan. 2. Or Jaing zemin Corrupting the country even more but staying in china.

  11. The cyberspace spirit segment got me to thinking about East and West. The recent Jordan Peterson, David Rubin and Ben Shapiro discussion illustrates the Western tradition.

  12. i'm a chinese,I saw this video when I turned over the wall.I quite agree with the host's explanation(我是中国人,我翻墙出来看到这个视频,我非常认同主持人的讲解)

  13. 1:25 “With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true” 😂🤣😂🤣

  14. YouTube felt this episode was too controversial and demonetized it. If this show doesn't make money, we can't afford to make it! That's why we rely on your support on the crowd funding website Patreon. Visit to find out all the ways you can help keep China, uncensored!

  15. This whole week of March 2019, the Chinese government are trying to block VPNs again. Express VPN is having issues now.

  16. Ultimate Letter to the People Of Hong Kong !
    As a South Vietnamese who had been living under Communist regime for 5 years , I call for all of you to have a strong determination to split away from Mainland China to become an independent state like Singapore or like the Americans who fought to achieve independence from the mainland England in 18 century !

    Just look back after The South Vietnam took over by the North Vietnam Communist after 1975 : There are 4 millions had been killed in concentration camp from 1975- 1981 ! Over 3 millions Vietnamese escaped out of Vietnam seeking political asylum in other countries and especially in Hong Kong that you can see from the past few decades !
    Be brave and having a courage to believe that Freedom is not free ! Just fight for independence before too late ! Don't try seeking autonomy for Hong Kong and for your fate when the time of " Two countries one System " will over in 2047 !
    Don't trust the Communist because they never keep their promise ! Just look at the Tienanmen Square Massacre in 1989 to learn this bloodshed lesson ! The China Communist Party (CCP) had once stated : " If possible, we can kill millions of people in order to maintain our Party in power ! "
    Our late South Vietnam President , Nguyen Van Thieu , left an experience for us in 1975 in his famous quote :" Never listen what the Communists declare ! Just look carefully what they do in reality ! "
    By this he meant clearly that the Communists always behave good , say good or promise good in public but they never apply what they say !
    God Bless all of you ! We all admire your struggle to seek a better life for future generation ! Don't ever make a mistake like us : Merging with Mainland China !
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  17. mindless chinese idiot the phoenician alphabet is basis of modern alphabet phoenician created first navy first boat was created in middle east everything we use like contraceptic and lipstick r created in egypt ziggurat pyramid dotts the desert the library of alexandria and ancient library of babylon the importance of persian civilization and we indian first asian navy was created by cholas sushruta invented surgery aryabhatta heliocentric theory brahmagupta decimal drainage sewer system city planning by mohenjodaro and varanasi oldest city sanskrit mother of indian languages and still is used silk saltpetre was lready in india our nation never dominated by mongols wiki-khilji dynasty

  18. Goggle, Facebook, etc will never be allow in China because Chinese intelligence know they provide data to our Government. Don't believe it. Check out a company call IQT. What use to be called s CIA Front. I am glad that Chinese men and women want freedom but having your picture taking with Internet Giants from the U.S. is suicidal or extremely brave; but, certainly a death sentence in a Communist country.

  19. I'm not very fan of Trump,  but will give him credit where it's due.
    Trump has my vote and full support if he bring china down. China is the biggest criminal country in the world, a theif and cold blooded murderer.
    These communist mafia needs to go.
    US import over $250 billions, China import only $25 billions, do the Math. America has huge leverage over China.
    America will win this war easily, before we go to 3rd world war.
    If Trump really has balls, he can bring China down to earth in few months.
    As National security, he can issue EO to all American companies leave China in 3 months or so. Stop all shipments from China or Tariff 300% all goods.
    Americans can afford, we have lot of buying power. Economy may slow, but no gain without pain, simple.
    China is the biggest criminal country in the world and a theif and cold blooded murderer communist crap criminals. It has to be stopped now or it will be too late.
    God bless America

  20. Ha! Ha! Ha! China the fall of great wall ! What a shame to to our pres. Du30 ! But wait ! Thre's more ! GOD IS ANGRY !

  21. China loves total control of everything. They are communist and therefore the state rules everything and everybody. Chinese people need to wake the fuck up.

  22. Chinese propaganda is overwhelming. China must rue the day they allowed the CCP total control. They live lives of total opulence while the people live on a bowl of rice.
    Wake up china

  23. HaaaAAA TẬP cấu BÌNH ngu bị đàn em THUỐC rằng ta có KINH THƯ vô địch thiên hạ nên TẬP vô tư NỔ vang trời rằng năm 2025 sẽ vượt mặt nước Mỹ..nay biết ra tất cả CÔNG NGHỆ CAO đều vây mượn của Mỹ Anh Pháp Nhật Hàn Úc Ấn Độ Đức Đài Loan thì quá muộn màng rùi em ơi huuu..

  24. Tell the truth he will dig his grave and he will kneel down at the edge of it and they will walk up and put a bullet in the back of his head. He will fall in and some prisoners will throw the dirt in his face. That what happens to political opponents.

  25. Now that he is jail he will probably be cut up and his organs sold to medical tourists like what happens to other Chinese prisoners

  26. If Chinese people are so smart and superior why must they censor true information?? In America we have access to all information and viewpoints to make up our own minds…Systematic brainwashing and inundation indoctrination of false propaganda is what the Chinese people face from their authoritarian government…I was vehemently opposed to the Iraq War and bs WMD…I know the free world and all the plants and animals in it are unsafe as long as evil CCP is in power…

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