China Censors WeChat Rumors, Including the One About Robots Taking Over
about 2 years ago
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"The University of Toronto study examined 36,000 posts that had been shared publicly on third-party websites over nine months between 2014 and 2015. The posts were not selected at random; the researchers made a point of monitoring several dozen users who had a history of sharing what the Chinese deemed sensitive content. About four percent of those studied were censored, including musings on the safety of drinking water in China; speculation that several celebrities were on the verge of death; and supposition that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was undergoing secret medical treatment in China."
"Zhao Yulian, 36, a technology entrepreneur, was thwarted when she recently tried to share an article about tips to avoid getting cancer. “At some point,” she said, “you have to ask, Why is this sensitive information?”"
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