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An American boy’s ‘fake smile’ got 1.8 million Weibo fans in China


CNN’s updated report on Nov 9 said that Gavin Thomas, born in Minnesota and still in elementary school, has some “unique facial expressions, which have become a hugely successful, viral meme …… A gif of Gavin’s face, smiling awkwardly, might be used as many as 10 million times a day across China’s various social media … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 26, 2017


This week was incredibly calm in Asia. China has some non-defined goals of grandeur, though some voices in the Western press cast their usual doubts. China’s big obstacle with becoming a tech leader is two-fold: 1. lack of measurable methods and 2. social media. Westerners use Facebook and Google to communicate with friends, family, and … Continue reading

China threatens to shut down Sina news website unless it ‘improves censorship’


China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites unless it “improves censorship”, state media reported, in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype”, the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday cited the Cyberspace Administration … Continue reading

China’s online crackdown prompts outrage: social media empowers environmental activism


Activists like Deng Fei demonstrate that “even the simplest Weibo message can become a movement,” writes the FT’s Leslie Hook: Earlier this year, Deng asked his followers to post photographs of polluted rivers and lakes in their hometowns. The outpouring of images prompted a series of press articles and shamed several local governments into cleaning … Continue reading

China Weibo can’t handle the truth


On the Internet in China, the “truth” has vanished. The truth is not out there. The Chinese word for “truth” (真相) has been blocked from Sina Weibo, China‘s leading social media site. It might seem like a bad Orwellian joke, or a satirical headline from “The Onion,” but it’s true. This is what CNN saw … Continue reading

The Not-So-Great Firewall of China


Every news organisation needs a social media strategy. Even China’s government-controlled Xinhua News Agency now “tweets” news bulletins through Twitter-like microblogs called weibo — through which more than 300 million users share details of their daily lives, jokes, gossip, and news. Chinese companies running weibo services are required by the government to censor and monitor … Continue reading

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