Ma was gay and kept it a secret because in China at that time, most people, even the criminal psychology teachers at the police academy, classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Worried over whether he was indeed sick, Ma turned to the brand new technology of the time – the internet – hoping to find someone just like him to talk to.
In mid-April, Sina Weibo – the Chinese equivalent to Twitter – banned gay content as part of a “clean-up” targeting videos, images and cartoons featuring pornography and violence.
The social networking giant later reversed the ban after a public outcry online.
So I kept my sexual orientation to myself,” he said.
China’s internet companies adopting new ‘Social ’ business model to succeed After graduation in around 2000, he lived a double life.