Beijing, May 21 (CNA) Chinese microbloggers on Monday put together the initials of the four countries -- Syria, Iran, China and North Korea -- that have restricted access to Facebook, and ridiculed China as a member of the "SICK" group of countries.
The acronym has been circulating online since Facebook submitted its initial public offering filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in February.
In it, the company stated that access to its service "has been or is currently restricted in whole or in part in China, Iran, North Korea, and Syria."
The post on the microblogging service Weibo identifying the new bloc went viral, being forwarded over 10,000 times within two hours after it was posted.
It also triggered plenty of discussion, with one Internet user saying China, which is part of the BRICS group of emerging markets (along with Brazil, Russia and India and South Africa), has now joined the new "SICK" group of countries.
Another said the countries a nation is grouped with reveal its character, while a third questioned whether Facebook stock was worth buying given the limited access Chinese users have to the site.
(By Lawrence Chiu and Scully Hsiao)