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Chinese Twitter and the Big-V Takedown

Chinese Twitter and the Big-V Takedown

Joining Kaiser and Jeremy this week are David Wertime and Rachel Lu from Tea Leaf Nation, along with Paul Mozur from The Wall Street Journal. And our topic? None other than the firestorm that has engulfed Sina Weibo following China’s effective criminalization of anti-government tweeting on September 9, and then the political crackdown that followed this week targeting the more rabble-rousing of celebrity microbloggers on China’s most popular public messaging service.

Weixin (WeChat), whose logo is above, is a popular mobile service in China.

At the heart of this crackdown lie the fates not only of some of China’s most prominent tech companies, but also the degree of editorial independence of some of the most-followed and influential non-Party businessmen, celebrities, and intellectuals in China. In addition to discussing this, we also ask whether Sino Weibo will continue to be popular under this sort of chilling effect, and to what extent evidence shows that online discussions are already migrating away from the web towards popular mobile services like Weixin (WeChat) with stronger limits on public broadcasting.

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Kaiser Kuo is host of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China. He recently repatriated to the United States after 20 years in Beijing, where he worked as Director of...
Jeremy Goldkorn is co-host and co-founder of the Sinica podcast and contributor to its partner SupChina. After moving to China in 1995, Goldkorn lived in a workers dormitory, started and managed...
David Wertime is the co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language web site that analyzes Chinese media. Founded in December 2011, Tea Leaf Nation was acquired in September 2013 by the Foreign...
Rachel Lu is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language online magazine that synthesizes and analyzes Chinese social media. Tea Leaf Nation is a partner site with The...

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