03 Apr '12, 12am

A Crackdown on the Chinese Internet

A Crackdown on the Chinese Internet

This weekend, the Chinese government cracked down hard on two microblog services, Sina Weibo and Tencent's QQ Weibo. (The image shows their mascots, muzzled.) On the Chinese Internet, microblogs have become enormously important. These services, which are essentially enriched versions of Twitter, have become the Chinese netizens' primary way to discuss political matters, comment on scandals and rumors, and express themselves. IEEE Spectrum recently explored the growing power and the internal threat posed by the biggest Chinese microblog service, Sina Weibo, in the article "What Are You Allowed to Say on China's Social Networks? " There are now more than 300 million users on Sina Weibo. On Friday, the two services posted identical notices saying that users could still tweet and retweet material, but they could no longer comment on other users' tweets, thus shutting down the ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/a-cra...

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