Chinese censors and social media

Excellent piece from China Digital Times on the impact the Chinese microblogging site WeiBo has on the government run media. And why the traditional censors are pulling their hair out trying to figure out how to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Language and Censorship in State Media

Shortly after the English-language version of the Global Times reported on censorship on Sina Weibo late last month, the piece was removed from the state-run newspaper’s website. (It can still be seen via Google Cache and Greatfire.org). The article focused on overseas China-watching organizations working to preserve censored material:

With over 500 million registered users and over 46 million daily active users, Sina Weibo is the largest and most influential social media platform in China. It has also become known as a fostering ground for discussions with a more liberal slant.

But what is not allowed to be discussed on Weibo perhaps says just as much as what can be. There are a number of projects that aim to uncover content blocked on Weibo. Most of the people behind such efforts are China watchers based overseas or foreigners living in China. While they may have different approaches and backgrounds, their efforts are successful in bringing this vanished content back to light. […] [Source]

CDT was one of the organizations named—a “remarkable plug,” as pointed out by The Economist’s James Miles.

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