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.
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?
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.
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.”
Jackie Chan praised Beijing’s blue sky on Weibo and wanted to call himself “world-known TV, singing and action star.” In response, Chinese netizens called him “model ass-kisser of the Chinese Communist Party.”
China’s Academy of Social Sciences released its 2013 China New Media Development Report yesterday, in which the majority of Weibo users are labeled as “low age, low education level and low income.” Chinese netizens not happy.
Days around June 4 have become China’s annual Internet “maintenance” period. This year, on June 3, Sina Weibo, China’s most dynamic microblog service, rolled out what has been its finest censorship move – to temporarily remove the candle icon.
Chinese netizens started an online troll after female activist Ye Haiyan protested in Hainan against child abusers. By asking “school principals” to “get a room with me,” netizens are hoping that the country’s kids will be in a safer place.
To answer netizens’ calls for a re-investigation into Zhu Ling’s 19-year-old poisoning case, Chinese authorities blocked all words and deleted all posts related to the case on Sina Weibo, on World Press Freedom Day.