Crackdown on Chinese Bloggers Who Fight the Censors With Puns
Posted in: Censorship at 30/05/2012 14:06
One of China's largest hosts of Twitter-like microblogs decreed new punishments on Monday for users who post comments that its editors -- and by extension, China's government censors -- deem inappropriate.
The service, Sina Weibo, imposed "user contracts" that award each of its 300 million microbloggers a starting score of 80 points.
Censorship 3.0? Sina Weibo's New 'User Credit' Points System
Popular Chinese Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo issued a new warning to users to keep themselves in-check with the introduction Monday of a points-based system for measuring user behavior.
The system, dubbed "Weibo Credit," encourages users to report each other for activities ranging from harassment of others to the spreading of "untrue information," with each negative report resulting in a lower credit score -- leading, ultimately, to the public humiliation of a "low-credit user" badge.
China policing Web sites to curb cybercrime
The Chinese city of Shanghai is deploying a team of police officer to monitor all Shanghai-registered Web sites to curb the rise of online crimes, according to Xinhua.
The Chinese news daily reported on Monday that the number of cybercrimes is growing quickly as online shopping and other Internet-related activities flourish. The Shanghai police handled more than 4,700 cases related to the Web in 2011--an annual increase of nearly 44 percent, the report stated, citing figures from the police bureau.