"Do as we say, not as we do." Xinhua uses Twitter, blocked in China, to transmit its content abroad.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 Print Send a link
VOA News, 12 Dec 2012, Kate Woodsome: "Do as we say, not as we do. That could be the latest headline from China’s Xinhua News Agency, the state-run media giant that’s sharing its stories via Twitter, a social media site officially blocked in China. ... China has a kind of 'block and clone' approach to the Internet, as described in a TED Talk by the prominent Chinese blogger Michael Anti, known as Jing Zhao. Like Twitter, the government blocks Facebook and other social networks, but offers Chinese netizens domestic versions, including Sina Weibo and renren. The blogger has described Weibo as 'the media,' saying if something’s not on Weibo, it’s not known to the public. But Earp says despite Weibo's hundreds of millions of users, Chinese netizens often still turn to Twitter because it’s a connection to the world." See also China Digital Times, 11 Dec 2012, Scott Greene, with links to other reports.