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Weibo to Increase Censorship as it Faces Pressure from Chinese Regulators

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Chance Miller reports: After facing intensifying pressure from Chinese regulators, Weibo announced this week that it has hired 1,000 “supervisors” whose primary responsibility will be to censor content on the social media platform. The move marks a new turn of censorship for Weibo, one of the most popular social media networks in China…

The company says that the supervisors will be given a membership for the platform, as well as an “online subsidy equal to around 200 yuan” – that’s around $30. The supervisors will “work on their leisure time” and are required to report at least 200 posts (via The Diplomat). Weibo is specifically target content that is pornographic, illegal, or harmful.

In addition to the base salary, Weibo says it will reward supervisors with the best performance with iPhones and other smartphones, laptops, and more.

Weibo explains that this move comes after pressure from the Beijing Office of Cyberspace Affairs and is for “strengthening the netizens self-discipline and cleaning the Weibo environment.” Chinese authorities say … (read more)

via 9to5Mac

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