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China moves to control Sina Weibo social network with real names

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Malcolm Moore
London Telegraph [1]
March 16, 2012

In the past three years, microblogs such as Sina’s Weibo (Way-Bwor) have become hugely popular sources of information, to a large extent displacing¬†China’s [2] state-owned television channels and newspapers.

Sina’s Weibo now has more than 250 million users, a near 300 per cent rise in the last year, posting a largely unfettered stream of news, gossip, entertainment, scandal and opinion in real time.

But the phenomenon has unnerved some in the Communist party.

Microblogs are trickier to censor because of the rapid stream of information flowing through them, and there is also the potential for rumours to spread rapidly, and potentially dangerously.

Microblogging, said Wang Chen, a minister at the State Council Information Office, can “have a big influence, cover a wide population, and mobilise people”.

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[1] London Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9147767/China-moves-to-control-Sina-Weibo-social-network.html

[2] China’s: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/

[3] China to force internet users to register real names: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-to-force-internet-users-to-register-real-names.html

[4] China Censors Web in Real Time: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-censors-web-in-real-time.html

[5] Beijing orders microbloggers to register real names: http://www.prisonplanet.com/beijing-orders-microbloggers-to-register-real-names.html

[6] China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumours: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-urges-end-to-cancer-of-online-rumours.html

[7] China tries to stay in control of the web with new rules for reporters: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-tries-to-stay-in-control-of-the-web-with-new-rules-for-reporters.html

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