Despite being rather outspoken about China’s human rights track record, Radiohead has just set up an account on one of the country’s most popular microblogging sites, Weibo.
Weibo is located on Chinese Internet portal, Sina.com, and is basically the Chinese version of Twitter.Radiohead’s page went up Friday and has already amassed close to 70,000 fans. So far, the band has only posted one message, reading: “testing the weibo…” Scores of users have responded to the brief message with requests for a concert in China.
According to the Associated Press, such an event seems unlikely, as all bands must be approved before performing in China, and Radiohead has played Tibet Freedom concerts and shown its support for Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist, Liu Xiaobo, who is currently incarcerated.
Weibo has confirmed the validity of the account, but no one has heard anything from Radiohead’s camp as to why the band joined. We’ve reached out for more information.