A look at censored material from China’s Twitter-equivalent
— CBC News Community (@CBCCommunity) June 5, 2013
While China becomes increasingly aware of its image abroad, the Chinese government’s efforts to control information within the country’s borders is enough of a challenge already.
This includes the crackdowns of social media platforms such as Sina Weibo, China’s microblogging equivalent of Twitter, where more than 500 million registered users generate more than 100 million posts each day. ProPublica collected items deleted by censors from Sina Weibo over a two-week period, exhuming 527 deleted images that “provide a window into the Chinese elite’s self-image and its fears, as well as a lens through which to understand China’s vast system of censorship.”
— Christie Thompson (@cm_thompson3) November 14, 2013
Every day, censors work round the clock to sift through at least 3,000 posts per hour and delete anything deemed offensive, politically sensitive or unacceptable in a “harmonious society,” Reuters reported.