Saturday, September 21, 2013

Crackdown Muzzles China Bloggers and Twitterers

A forceful campaign of intimidation against China's most influential Internet users has cast a chill over public debate in the country and called into question the long-term viability of its most vibrant social-media platform.

According to theverge.com, censors for China's Sina Weibo social network go through 3,000 posts per hour!

The crackdown has touched some of the biggest personalities on Sina Corp.'s Weibo microblogging service, perhaps most notably Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist with more than 12 million followers on the site. The Wall Street Journal has more.

Gone are the days when Chinese bloggers on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, rushed to get “verified accounts.” As Beijing’s anti-rumor campaign targeted at celebrity bloggers spins on, more and more verified accounts are seeking to “un-V” themselves in hopes of getting a little bit more room to speak their minds online. Offbeat China has details.
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