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Nine Months in Prison, for Posing as a Sexy “Police Flower” on Weibo?

November 30, 2012

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We live in a world that’s anything but shy of conflicts. That’s why I’m constantly amazed by how much we citizens of the world share many similarities in our taste in uniforms. We love babes in police uniforms, I mean, both Americans (Hello, Magic Mike!) and Chinese, except, while posting sexy photos of oneself wearing, […]

Don’t Like Weibo’s Identity Verification? What Can You Do?

March 15, 2012

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All the four major weibo service providers, Sina (sina.com.cn), Sohu (sohu.com), Wangyi (163.com), and Tencent (qq.com) are to implement its identity verification required by the Beijing municipal government in ten minutes. The existing users of weibo will have to verify their identities by linking their Weibo accounts to their cell phone numbers, which required an resident […]

Identity Verification on Weibo: The Beginning of the End of (Relative Yet Still Lovely) Free Speech?

December 16, 2011

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Finally, it happened. Let me first backtrack a little bit. Despite the occasional blocking of sensitive terms and topics (read examples here and here), the Chinese government had been quite lenient with microblogging, or weibo, according to the “Chinese standards” of course. People actually can get information and talk about things on weibo sites the […]