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  1. Microblog sites punished after coup rumours

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... on microblog posts after rumours ran rife about a military coup in Beijing in the aftermath of the sacking of the former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai. The authorities also shut a dozen websites ... were detained. Sina and Tencent, the mainland's two biggest portals for Twitter-like microblogging services, were punished for having a large number of postings related to the rumours. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997128/microblog-sites-punished-after-coup-rumours
  2. Microblogs take HK's hot contest over the border

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the top job is at the centre of public attention usually only at home, and is largely ignored by mainland's traditional media. Now, thanks to the popularity of microblogging, the candidates, including possibly pan-democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan, may be heard across the border. In an unexpected move the popular social-networking website Tencent has asked Ho to open a weibo, or microblog ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994296/microblogs-take-hks-hot-contest-over-border
  3. Critics snared in microblog crackdown

    Posted Apr 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com A prominent mainland political commentator's microblogging accounts on three popular platforms were shut down on Saturday in the wake ... the authorities. State propaganda mouthpieces ramped up the rhetoric on Saturday with warnings about how microblogs could be converted into cheap tools to instigate public disorder. A People's Daily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997203/critics-snared-microblog-crackdown
  4. Microblogs become crucial state tool

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com Mainland government agencies and officials have caught microblog fever, with the number of government related accounts rising threefold since the beginning of this year. The number of governmentrelated weibo accounts on Sina.com, the most popular microblogging service on the mainland, has reached nearly 20,000. This includes more than 10,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/987714/microblogs-become-crucial-state-tool
  5. Microbloggers back in action

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com Microblogging returned to normal on the mainland yesterday morning after an unprecedented three-day clampdown on 'rumour-mongering' via Twitter-like services. The suspension was lifted on the two biggest microblogging sites, Sina and Tencent, which had been forced to stop their estimated 700 million users from commenting on posts made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997400/microbloggers-back-action
  6. Rumour battle cannot be won

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... attuned to the people. As the Communist party once again cracks down on microblogs to quash the dishing of political dirt, it would do well to change its ways instead of repeating age-old ... the Arab awakening in 2010, has been further constrained, and microblog networks, known as weibo, more closely monitored. But the gossip that spread like wildfire through the blogosphere ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997395/rumour-battle-cannot-be-won
  7. Odd proposals

    Posted Mar 04th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Real-name microblogs Proposal by NPC delegate Li Danyang, singer. The government should tighten control of the internet, imposing a real-name system on microblogs to prevent social instability. Microblogging has become a hotspot on the Chinese internet, increasingly spreading, if not generating, news that is picked up by other media. Microblogging is sometimes beautiful, such as when it saves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739814/odd-proposals
  8. Who said it?

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The controls are very strong. They [the government] are very insecure. They are not ready for any change Dissident artist Ai Weiwei after his Twitter-like microblog was shut down They are like a machine that is churning out organic fertiliser. They keep eating and they keep producing faeces An Yanshi, a Sichuan tea-grower, who believes there is lots of money in panda poo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/996020/who-said-it
  9. Quotes of the week

    Posted Mar 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The controls are very strong. They are very insecure. They are not ready for any change Dissident artist Ai Weiwei after his microblog was shut down Football is not the be all and end all. What happened to Fabrice puts everything in perspective Bolton Manager Owen Coyle on midfielder Muamba's collapse I announced to people when I landed that I come in peace U.S. President ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/996446/quotes-week
  10. Chinese cartoons of Gaddafi mock Beijing's policy

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... embarrassing questions about China's position during the nine-month conflict in the North African nation. In one of the most popular cartoons circulated on several microblogging sites, a dying ... The cartoon, with its dig at Chinese authorities and mockery of their policy towards Libya, became a hit on Sina Weibo and the microblogging service of news portal 163.com. The hospital, run ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/982835/chinese-cartoons-gaddafi-mock-beijings-policy

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