China's Weibo: Censorship getting sophisticated?

  • Matthew McDonald


Chinese users of online Twitter-alike Sina Weibo can expect extra restrictions to the service in the wake of allegations of several authorities that users were publishing “false rumours” on the site. These “rumours” include politically sensitive recent domestic political scandals involving deposed Chongqing mayor Bo Xilai and the escape from house arrest of activist Chen Guangcheng, as well as stories regarding the change of leadership in neighbouring North Korea. This new wave of restrictions is but one of many the CCP designs to keep the flow of information in China controlled. But is censorship winning the fight?