“Weibo is for Paris, Wechat is for Hong Kong”

Alia | September 30th, 2014 - 1:33 am
Protest in HK

The unfolding events happening in Hong Kong right now officially mark the death of Weibo and the rise of Wechat as China’s most popular social media platform, for both friends’ updates and breaking news.

The fall of China’s ex-security chief from “You know who” to “Comrade no more”

Alia | July 30th, 2014 - 9:39 pm

For a very long time, Zhou was practically China’s Lord Voldemort, the “You know who.” But the taboo to utter his name was broken yesterday.

Chinese netizens call Beijing’s recent crackdown on Google “a digital seal-off”

Alia | June 18th, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Chinese netizens equal Beijing’s recent crackdown on Google with a digital seal-off policy, saying that the country is moving backwards.

The big ban theory: China’s censorship and sensibility

Alia | April 28th, 2014 - 12:20 am

The most unexpected impact is on social stability, as US TV shows provide the perfect distraction that keeps China’s urban middle class occupied, who, otherwise, would very willingly participate in political discussions online.

Sudden crackdown on political public accounts hits Wechat

Alia | March 13th, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Wechat met the inevitable censors yesterday when a number of public accounts known for liberal political views were reported to be deleted without forewarning.

[UPDATED] One China, Two Internets: Netizens call Shanghai’s new free-trade zone “the Internet concession”

Alia | September 24th, 2013 - 10:06 pm
Map of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

News broke yesterday that China will lift Internet ban in Shanghai’s coming free-trade zone. The move is not very well received at home where netizens now call the zone an “Internet concession.”

As Beijing’s online rumor crackdown intensifies, Chinese bloggers seek to “un-verify” themselves

Alia | September 16th, 2013 - 3:49 am

As Beijing’s anti-rumor campaign targeted at celebrity bloggers spins on, more and more verified accounts are seeking to “un-V” themselves in the hopes of keeping off the radar and to get a little bit more room to speak their minds online.

Provincial courts turn to social media to knock Beijing’s anti-rumor campaign

Alia | September 12th, 2013 - 4:55 am

Several recent posts on Weibo by legal organs revealed that tensions between China’s central government and its local ones are as manifest today as during historical times. Many netizens called the posts an act of “rebellion.”

Bo Xilai and China’s Internet water army

Alia | August 21st, 2013 - 2:07 am

Any comments other than applause for Bo’s conviction are censored out. Chinese netizens are astonished at the blatant use of Internet water army in Bo’s case: “They are as uniform as the military parade on national day.”

Father of the Great Fire Wall resigns due to deteriorating health, Chinese netizens wish him an early death

Alia | June 27th, 2013 - 8:05 pm
Fang Binxing

Yesterday, Fang Binxing, father of China’s national censorship system, resigned from his post as the president of the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication. In response to the news, Chinese netizens wished that his illness take his life ASAP.