Thursday, May 19, 2005
China recruiting online commentators to influence public opinion
The Online Journalism Review blog picks up on a Reuters story about Chinese city governments trying to sway public opinion by recruiting undercover online commentators to respond to controversial issues in message boards and chatrooms. According to the Southern Weekend, a special force of commentators (who are actually government officials) has been operating in Suqian city in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu since April. Ma Zhichun, one of the recruited commentators, is also quoted as saying "We are not the first and won't be the last (to have online commentators). The whole nation is playing the same game."
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