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China star beats Oprah with 5m microblog fans

BEIJING - ACTRESS Yao Chen on Friday became the first Chinese microblogger with five million followers, even more than US mega-celeb Oprah Winfrey - underlining the rapid growth of the platform in China. Yao, a popular television actress, is the most-followed person on the microblog service of Chinese portal Sina, which is far and away China's leader, claiming more than 50 million users. On Friday the number of people following Yao's musings on life and celebrity ticked past five million, prompting Sina to issue a statement declaring her the 'Queen of the microblog'. Earlier in the week, she passed Winfrey's number of Twitter followers. The US talk show diva had 4,953,914 followers as of Friday, according to Twitter. Winfrey is at 10th place on the list of most-followed people on Twitter, which is officially blocked in China but accessible via proxy server. Yao, 31, passed...

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