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Hú lǐ hú tú (糊里糊涂) is an expression in Chinese that can be used to describe a state of being confused, dazed, or muddled over an issue. It is a suitable term to use for how many people feel regarding all the new privacy laws and cookie opt-in buttons and that are going around recently. But this page needs to be here, so here it is.

If you want to skip the boring stuff below, the most important things to know are the following: What’s on Weibo is an independently run news site and, unfortunately, need some kind of monetization in the form of Google Ads to pay for the upkeep of this site. If you want to see less ads in the future and want to help keep this site safe and secure, you can help donate here.

Besides Google Ads, this site uses Google Analytics, and sometimes – only sometimes – we place links to products we really like and recommend and, at zero extra cost to you, get a small percentage if you purchase.

In order to do so, this site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymized tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.


Who we are


This is What’s on Weibo. Our website address is
More about us here and our contact details here.


Log Data and Information Collection & Use



When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


▶︎ If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

▶︎ We use web analytics services (Google Analytics) to help us understand how people use the site. Cookies allow web analytics services to recognize your browser or device and, for example, identify whether you have visited our website before, what you have previously viewed or clicked on, and how you found us. The information is anonymous and only used for statistical purposes, and it helps us to analyze patterns of user activity and to develop a better user experience.

▶︎ Google, as a third party advertisement vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. The use of DART cookies by Google enables them to serve adverts to visitors that are based on their visits to this website as well as other sites on the internet. To opt out of the DART cookies you may visit the Google ad and content network privacy policy at Tracking of users through the DART cookie mechanisms are subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

▶︎ What’s on Weibo is a participant in, among others, the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites (you will clearly know where since these are very clear links to books or other relevant products). As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. These affiliate links are provided by third party services that may collect personal data from users or visitors, e.g. cookies and usage data. What’s on Weibo has no access or control over these cookies that may be used by third party advertisers.

▶︎ Other Third Party ad servers or ad networks, e.g. the Facebook like button, may also use cookies to track users activities on this website to measure advertisement effectiveness and other reasons that will be provided in their own privacy policies, What’s on Weibo has no access or control over these cookies that may be used by third party advertisers.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

More on data

This site runs through WordPress. By default WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone. If you leave a comment on this site, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Contact information


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