China's social networks hit by censorship, says study

Posted in: Censorship at 10/03/2012 16:43

Chinese censors are actively targeting social media to quash discussion of banned topics, suggests research.

The US study gives the most in-depth look at the extent of China's policing of discussions on microblogging sites.

Analysis of almost 60 million messages from China's equivalent of Twitter suggested which topics were banned.

It also revealed that China tuned its censoring activity to be more aggressive in places where political unrest was high.

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