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  1. Censors can't hide deleted Weibo posts

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joanna Chiu joanna.chiu@scmp.com A software program that can recover deleted posts from the mainland microblogging site Sina Weibo has been developed at the University of Hong Kong. Mainland censors monitor the Chinese version of Twitter for politically sensitive posts and delete them but a university pilot project, WeiboScope, allows researchers to recover and analyse ...

  2. U.S. consulate's Weibo account is suspended

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... yesterday in the midst of ongoing Sino-US tensions.. From yesterday morning, visitors found they could no longer access the consulate's account on Sina Weibo, the mainland's biggest ... a standard response to banned terms. 'This morning we discovered the consulate Shanghai's official Sina Weibo page was not accessible,' embassy spokesman Nolan Barkhouse said. 'We ...

  3. Weibo a window that must not close

    Posted Sep 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The mainland's hugely popular micro-blogging service Sina Weibo has a reputation for being largely uncensored, the result of a tussle between authorities about just how far to go ... of boiling over. Authorities should be encouraging their use, not restricting access. Accounts of the claimed corruption and misdeeds of officials are commonplace on Weibo, but the gossip, ...

  4. Sina may block posting of 'rumours'

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com Sina, the operator of China's massively popular microblogging service, Weibo, may introduce a 'credibility system' in which users who post rumours would be 'penalised' and their influence 'removed'. No details were given. Authorities have pressured Weibo's operators recently to curb online rumours, ...

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    Surprise Sina profit comes with warning

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and it will offer more services on its microblogging platform Weibo to boost revenue. Sina, which makes most of its revenue from online advertising, is facing stiff headwinds this year as corporations slash advertising due to a weakening economic outlook. But the company sees social media advertising via Weibo as a bright spot for the firm. Net profit rose to US$33.2 million in the second quarter from ...

  6. Sina plans to keep investing in microblog

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Beijing's tight grip on internet content. Sina Weibo is the top social-networking platform on the mainland, where Twitter is banned. In a growing number of cities, when users set up a Sina Weibo account they must register with their real name and a mobile number. The new rules 'had an impact' on Sina Weibo's growth, said Charles Chao, Sina's CEO. The service added ...

  7. Officials encouraged to go online

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as the State Council's Information Office, encouraged government agencies and officials to better employ Weibo to engage the public and channel public opinion, Xinhua reported. 'I hope the party and government agencies and officials set up Weibo accounts with an open and confident attitude to respond to topical issues and clarify rumours,' he said. More than 200 million posts ...

  8. Beijing acts on bloggers

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Staff writer BEIJING- Social media has been in the spotlight, with Sina Weibo's new rules for mainland bloggers coming into effect on Monday. Users can have their accounts closed if they continually post politically sensitive content. Meanwhile, mainlanders spotted Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg making a brief appearance on a Chinese TV documentary about policing. No one seems to know ...

  9. Clampdown on web rumours won't work without trust

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the writing on the internet wall and is rushing into action. On Tuesday, Xinhua reported that the most popular microblogging service on the mainland had released a draft of its 'Sina Weibo Community Convention', designed to eradicate online rumours and build a more civilised online environment. Sina Weibo is one of a number of Chinese equivalents of Twitter, which is blocked ...

  10. Net tightens on online rumours

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to manage [mainland microblogging site] Weibo,' Song said, adding that provinces and municipalities were also experimenting with new controls. 'For example, Beijing's municipal government is likely to promulgate a real-name requirement system to regulate Weibo soon.' Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, has become a mighty conduit for sharing information, expressing ...




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