A recently renewed attack on social media by the Chinese leadership isn’t just an offensive against bloggers and activists who dominate the daily online discourse in China. It’s also an assault by the Communist Party on its own shortcomings. -WSJ
We have all heard about China’s strict rules on their citizens but a new law has bloggers and social media activists in an uproar. According to the Wall Street Journal’s new Article,
The Chinese leadership believes that bloggers are usurping the commanding heights of communication that authorities insist should be theirs to own–and theirs alone.
Here in America, we have the freedom of speech which means we can go online and blog about whatever the hell we want. In China, the laws aren’t so free and according to the Atlantic,
In effect, China has two parallel levels of censorship. The first is the relatively free-wheeling atmosphere of sites like Sina Weibo, where the government uses paid advocates — prisoners, for example, can get their sentences reduced by writing pro-Beijing content online — and selective censorship to prevent objectionable content from gathering momentum. The second, more insidious type of censorship is that used to manage China’s official media, including directives and top-down pressure to hew to the government line.
But China wasn’t always this strict. Actually, The Guardian says that China had been more relaxed with social media pre-2011 but as soon as they decided to tighten down, the voice of the people was lost. The Wall Street Journal also reports that China has hired 6,000 “employees” to maintain and update the pro-china news. China has roughly 1.3 billion citizens to date and the numbers are still climbing. If citizens get the idea that the government is doing something really bad, it would be really easy for the citizens to overthrow the government. Twitter was made for expressing ones opinions and to release what you can’t really say everyday but China even has a restriction on that. The Hindu reports that Internet users in China can face up to three years in jail if messages posted by them are deemed “slanderous” by the authorities and found to have been “retweeted” or forwarded more than 500 times, according to regulations put into effect on Tuesday (9/10/13). In fact, it is said that if a tweet you posted got 500 retweets than you can get up to 3 years in prison. Over the past couple of days, hundreds of micro blog users have been arrested for making false claims against the communistic government.
With all of the troubles going on overseas, it becomes apparent as to how much power an individual actually has here in the states but it’s even more interesting to note how we respond to the news coming from the biggest country in the world. Everybody man your battle stations and begin posting all you want about the Chinese government… You’ll be safe as long as you dontleave our soil