China Blocks 'Egypt' On Twitter-Like Microblog Sina

China has blocked the word "Egypt" from appearing in searches on its country's popular Twitter-like service, Sina.

A search for "Egypt'' on the microblogging site brings up a message saying, "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown."

PCWorld reports that only the Chinese version of 'Egypt' is blocked though, and the English version returns results.

The news comes in light of recent developments in Egypt, which have included a fresh wave of protests, Egyptian Internet being shut down, and growing looting.

Launched in Aug. 2009, Sina has more than 80 million users and is said to be growing rapidly -- adding as many as 10 million users per month.

Due to the success of Twitter, China also launched a state-run microblog in December, which has earned the nickname "Red Twitter."