27 Sep '11, 10am

Social media in China: playing by the rules

Social media in China: playing by the rules

BEIJING: At 500 million users and growing, China's Internet market is the world's largest. But China's cyberspace is also one of the most restricted, with many sites blocked and censors monitoring what users say online. Get on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, and you'll be bombarded with 75 million messages each day. According to its founder Charles Chao, the country's number one micro-blogging site has about 200 million users and growing. While most of them use it for social networking, others use it to track issues that matter. "I use it to understand hot topics in society. Many opinion makers have Weibo accounts, and they talk about issues not raised in traditional media," said one executive Channel NewsAsia spoke with. But the micro-blog is being watched by the censors. Popular micro-blogger Daniel Wu was shut down after flashing comments and pictures about governmen...

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