洗牌 (shuffle / xǐpái, literally “wash the cards”)...

洗牌 (shuffle / xǐpái, literally “wash the cards”) is a procedure used to randomize a deck of playing cards to provide an element of chance in card games.

Why it is blocked: The Baike article gives some alternative meanings for “shuffle”: it’s the title of a novel involving the Chinese telecom industry published by New World Press in 2009; a Taiwanese song by Korean American Nicky Lee; and 洗牌门 (Shufflegate) refers to a number of soccer scandals, the most notable involving Real Madrid and another involving Wuhan of the Chinese Super League, which caused protests after a star player was suspended. Each of these seem fairly innocuous; perhaps the blocking has something to with card stacking (洗牌法), a propaganda technique that seeks to manipulate audience perception of an issue by emphasizing one side and repressing another.



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