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Japan's Prime Minister's Office to Launch Account on China's Sina Weibo

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, July 25 2012

According to a blog post on TechinAsia, the Japanese Prime Minister's Office is planning to launch a microblogging account on Sina Weibo, the Chinese platform that is often compared to Twitter. Sina Weibo is a bit of a behemoth in the social media world, with more than 300 million users. Recently Chinese officials tacitly recognized the microblogging platform's influence when it decided against filtering words related to streets protests in the city of Shifang, even as state-run mainstream media were forbidden to report on the protests. As TechinAsia points out, the Japanese prime minister is not the first foreign leader to recognize the access and influence available via Sina Weibo: Australian politicians, including former prime minster Kevin Rudd, recently started microblogging on the site. Read More

China Keeping Tabs on Microbloggers' Organizing, Crude Poems

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

Chinese authorities are cracking down on perceived challenges that are popping up on 'microblogging' platforms, reports the New York Times' Michael Wines in a pair of articles. They are, reports Wines, objecting to ... Read More