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  • Sep 22, 2014
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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

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

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

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, 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

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'

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, 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

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

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

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