Prominent Weibo account with more than 7 million followers was sold for 50 yuan ($8)

Alia | October 30th, 2014 - 1:07 am
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“Weibo’s killer feature is worth no more than a pack of cigarettes.”

“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.

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaobing, banned on Wechat, makes a viral comeback on Weibo

Alia | June 25th, 2014 - 7:46 pm
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Posting questions to Xiaobing by @ing her on Weibo has become a viral game. Chinese netizens seem to be very much amused by the way she speaks.

One Chinese celebrity’s extramarital affair breaks social media record

Alia | March 31st, 2014 - 8:31 pm
Wen and girlfriend

This celebrity affair is literally the most viral story since the start of Weibo. It’s also a showdown by social media that traditional media need to reflect on their business models.

Sudden crackdown on political public accounts hits Wechat

Alia | March 13th, 2014 - 10:24 pm
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Wechat met the inevitable censors yesterday when a number of public accounts known for liberal political views were reported to be deleted without forewarning.

Weibo’s “hot mom contest” may put some of these young hotties’ husbands in jail

Alia | December 19th, 2013 - 5:22 am
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A “hot mom contest” has become an “astray girls contest”: “A hot mom contest should show moms who are energetic and have a happy family, not stupid young girls who know nothing about contraception.”

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

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

Will the detention of prominent Weibo celebrity Xue Manzi shut China’s “big V” bloggers up?

Alia | August 27th, 2013 - 10:02 pm
Xue's Weibo profile

The arrest of prominent micoblogger Charles Xue is sending a chill through China’s social media world. In response, there are online opinion leaders who withdrew, who showed compliance and who kept on fighting for freedom of speech. But what will Weibo become?

China’s crackdown on online rumors backfired: “Is an ideology clash coming?”

Alia | August 21st, 2013 - 10:19 pm
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Will the current crackdown on online rumors be the start of the end of a dynamic social media in China? Many netizens think it’s worse than that. From the Beijing arrest, they see a leftist movement coming.

Bo Xilai and China’s Internet water army

Alia | August 21st, 2013 - 2:07 am
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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.”