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Weibo, which means micro blog in Chinese, is a Chinese Twitter-like online networking tool. Hundreds of millions of netizens across China use Weibo as a platform to exchange information and voice opinions on social issues in a nation under strict news censorship. Sina Weibo is currently the largest social networking website in China with 368 million registered users as of June 2012.  

Weibo’s shares surge 14pc on Alibaba takeover rumours

Weibo raised US$286 million in April through a Nasdaq listing, valuing the company at US$3.8 billion. Photo: AFP

US-listed shares of Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, surged 14 per cent on Thursday following rumours that it could be acquired by Alibaba Group.

Friday, 12 September, 2014, 10:47am

Beijing's Weibo ban hits close to home

An average of 70 out of every 10,000 Weibo posts made on July 1 were quickly deleted, according to researchers at the University of Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong is apparently becoming the next Tibet or Xinjiang on Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, in terms of the level of political sensitivity these days.

7 Jul 2014 - 8:14am 1 comment

Social media brings hope and frustration for Chinese activists at home and in exile

WeChat cracks down on the accounts of some of its most popular and vocal bloggers, while Weibo has temporarily banned or permanently deleted over 100,000 accounts.

Since the dawn of the information age, it has become clear that social media can be a powerful force for social change. From Tunisia to Taiwan, new technology has been key to organising protest movements and motivating people - especially the young - to get involved.

8 Jun 2014 - 7:14am

Weibo raises US$286m in IPO with low-end pricing

Weibo sold 16.8 million American depositary shares for US$17 each in its IPO. Photo: AFP

Weibo, the microblogging service owned by Sina and Alibaba, raised US$285.6 million in its initial public offering in the United States after pricing the shares at the low end of a marketed range, sources said.

18 Apr 2014 - 1:17am

Secretive world of the young, low-paid Weibo censors is revealed

Chinese censors are constantly deleting controversial posts from Sina Weibo. Photo: Reuters

In a modern office building on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Tianjin, rows of censors stare at computer screens. Their mission: delete any post on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, deemed offensive or politically unacceptable.

13 Sep 2013 - 4:08am

'He's not cool,' Chinese magazine editorial slams Xi Jinping for lacking 'wisdom and courage'

Xi Jinping kisses a child at a temporary shelter for quake-affected residents in Lushan County, Sichuan. Photo: Xinhua

A Beijing-based business magazine raised eyebrows this week by running a full-page editorial urging the country’s leaders to pursue further political reforms to ensure future economic prosperity.

31 May 2013 - 9:50pm 2 comments

'Homework uncle' Lin Dongping uses Weibo to help pupils dig up answers

Lin Dongping

Lin Dongping, a 25-year-old IT programmer in Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, uses his Weibo microblog to help high school pupils with their homework. Lin, who calls himself "homework uncle", seeks help from others or digs up answers after pupils take a photo of the question and send it to him.

26 May 2013 - 2:54pm 2 comments

Tap social media to connect better with mainlanders

A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

The past few years have seen increasing conflicts between people in Hong Kong and those from the mainland. The rule to limit sales of baby formula, for example, not only drew criticism from the mainland media and public but has also caused controversy at home.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Alibaba chief Jack Ma confident on mobile push

Employees at Alibaba Group's headquarters in Hangzhou will be spending a lot more of their time on mobile e-commerce strategies. Photo: Bloomberg

Alibaba, through a wholly owned subsidiary, agreed to invest US$586 million and take an 18 per cent stake in Weibo, the Twitter-like microblogging service with more than 503 million users. It is owned by Nasdaq-listed Sina, a leading online media company based in Shanghai.

1 May 2013 - 4:25am

Oo la la! Hollande's 'French fly' mocked in China

The doctored photo shows a Hollande with his pants unzipped. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

When François Hollande arrived in Beijing on Thursday after a torrid month at home, he intended discussing serious matters -  but some mischevious Chinese were more interested in poking fun at his pants.

26 Apr 2013 - 1:11pm 4 comments

Social media in China redraws old battle lines between left and right

Writer Li Chengpeng

"P*** off and go abroad" is an insult that writer Li Chengpeng faces every day. Many conservatives want the former soccer commentator to leave the country and don't shy away from telling him so on microblogs or to his face at book readings.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:11am

New regulations in China ban journalists from quoting foreign media

The front-page of the China Press and Publishing Journal, April 16, 2013. Screenshot from its website

On the day Chinese journalists woke up to news that the New York Times won a Pulitzer for its report on former Premier Wen Jiabao's family fortune, China's media regulator issued new regulations banning reports on foreign media coverage.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Boston bomb blasts 'hold lessons for China' as weibo sees outpouring of grief

A photo from the scene of the blasts shared by Wang Shi. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

News of two bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon have led to an outpouring of sympathy from Chinese internet users on Tuesday, with tens of thousands of expressions of grief shared on microblogs. 

Among the posts most shared was one by a Chinese journalist based in New York who said the US coverage of the tragedy holds lessons for China. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Weibo shuts down popular 'first lady fan club'

The microblog had contained photos of the couple, such as President Xi Jinping thoughtfully carrying his wife's handbag.

Excitement about first lady Peng Liyuan is continuing to spread on mainland microblogging platforms, but one site devoted to her was suddenly shut down on Tuesday afternoon.

The disappointed microblog owner of the " Guo Mu [national mother] Fan Club", Wang Jian , said the decision was "undemocratic".

28 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

People’s Daily vows to destroy Apple’s ‘unparalleled arrogance’

Apple staff welcome customers in an Apple store at WangFujin business district in Beijing. Photo: AFP

War of words continues just days after China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, attacked Apple for allegedly providing Chinese users with an inferior service. 

27 Mar 2013 - 2:06pm 32 comments