Social Media and State Control in China

Social Media and State Control in China

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Image Credit: RGB Stock

Interesting insight into China’s social media:

That is true. However, on 4 and 5 May, posts featuring the words “Zhu Ling” or “Thallium” on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like social media platform, were censored, and a similar keyword search via the search engine Baidu.com did not generate much information.

I asked the student whether he thought the state media coverage of the crime was having a positive effect.

“It’s hard to say, because the police have replied that there is not enough evidence to reopen the case, and have claimed that it was dealt with fairly and without external interference, despite hearsay that the prime suspect is well connected politically.”

“OK, so the Zhu Ling story has helped you understand that the media are not an isolated social subsystem in China or elsewhere,” I said.

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