The first explanation is the simplest: The Chinese government has accelerated its crackdown on online speech.
According to Moore, while his mother was “rad,” his military father punished him for the simplest of transgressions.
This is the simplest, most basic pizza (and bread) dough you can make.
The most profound truths are often the simplest ones, and Wallace was a genius at revealing the simplicity of profundity.
When I first arrived, in 1974, my English was so poor that I struggled to communicate even the simplest things.
(a) The simplest form is the Nonsense Story, as it may be justly called.
Frank deserves the simplest and freshest confidence from me.
This, the simplest classification of Pine-wood, is not without exceptions.
It was about the plainest and simplest crossing in the whole river.
He partook only of the simplest food, and of that sparingly.
c.1200, "free from duplicity, upright, guileless; blameless, innocently harmless," also "ignorant, uneducated; unsophisticated; simple-minded, foolish," from Old French simple (12c.) "plain, decent; friendly, sweet; naive, foolish, stupid," hence "wretched, miserable," from Latin simplus, variant of simplex "simple, uncompounded," literally "onefold" (see simplex). Sense of "free from pride, humble, meek" is mid-13c. As "consisting of only one substance or ingredient" (opposite of composite or compounded) it dates from late 14c.; as "easily done" (opposite of complicated) it dates from late 15c.
From mid-14c. as "unqualified; mere; sheer;" also "clear, straightforward; easily understood." From late 14c. as "single, individual; whole." From late 14c. of clothing, etc., "modest, plain, unadorned," and of food, "plain, not sumptuous." In medicine, of fractures, etc., "lacking complications," late 14c. As a law term, "lacking additional legal stipulations, unlimited," from mid-14c.
In Middle English with wider senses than recently, e.g. "inadequate, insufficient; weak, feeble; mere; few; sad, downcast; mournful; of little value; low in price; impoverished, destitute;" of hair, "straight, not curly." As noun, "an innocent or a guileless person; a humble or modest person" (late 14c.), also "an uncompounded substance." From c.1500 as "ignorant people."