Sina Microblog Fakes Users
Microblog has become a channel where Chinese people can
express their anger and dissatisfaction.
But recently, several microblog accounts were closed and
some influential netizens’ accounts were even stolen.
Also, many Internet media even established the so-called
“Anti-Microblog Rumors Group."
Some scholars believe that such behavior of website Sina’s
Microblog is against the law.
Others believe that the Internet and Microblog indicate
progress in humanity and to ban them is against this trend.
The Beijing Internet Administration Office recently called on
chief editors from several major Internet media like Qianlong,
Sina, Sohu, Netease,Ifeng, etc, to study the executive
plans issued by the five ministries and commissions.
The office required that the Internet should be regulated
further on news dissemination,
to avoid harmful and untrue information.
This is another action to intensify internet control after
Beijing’s Communist Party (CCP) chief
visited the offices of Sina and Youku.
Many netizens said that
whenever they make some so-called sensitive comments,
or spread some pictures and videos of mass activities,
their microblog accounts are closed without any notice.
Xinjiang-based microblogger Hu Jun said that
he always has such problems.
Hu Jun said: “Sometimes the Microblog does not close your
account, but your messages will get stuck
when being sent out or filtered,
because they have sensitive words in them.
Things like this happen all the time."
The Associated Press commented that after the CCP
required media to intensify Internet censorship,
Sina formed the “Anti Microblog Rumors Group,"
which is blocking the “false speech."
The China Times in Taiwan believes that the CCP is afraid of
those group websites, which act the major roles in protests
and might strike CCP’s domination
and bring democratic waves like
those in North Africa and Middle East to China.
Hu Jun believes that everyone needs the freedom of speech
just like people have to breathe freely.
This is a must for social progress. But the CCP intends to
control the media and goes against the human civilization.
Hu Jun: “Microblog and Internet are two major inventions
to promote the progress of human civilization.
But the CCP tries to use them to stop the progress.
It makes people realize how evil the CCP is."
From the actions of the major internet media, people can
see the CCP’s extensive control of the Internet.
The chief executive of Sina revealed that over 100 staff in
Sina are monitoring the microblog messages 24 hours a day.
In turn, qianlong.com said that a major effort of advocating
the achievement of each area is under way;
Sohu said that this action is an opportunity to reflect on
news reporting; NetEase claimed to form a censorship group
to monitor online interaction and include censorship
into the evaluation of employees.
A senior media professional, Bei Feng, published an article
on his microblog, titled “Evidence of Sina’s Assistance to Evil"
and claimed that his account was closed on July 25 and
there is even a fake account which uses his name and
publishes verses on overthrowing the CCP.
Bei Feng believes he’s being framed.
Zhao Lianhai, an activist for children harmed during the 2008
Chinese milk scandal, said that there are persons misappropriating his account. Another media professional,
Jia Jia said that his account profile was also altered.
Xie Wen, the former president of Yahoo China,
said that to steal microblog accounts is illegal.
He disagrees that the current disorder in society results
from platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Xie Wen: “As long as there are social conflicts,
problems are doomed to happen sooner or later.
Now some officials want to control or even abolish media
like microblog. These actions are undoubtedly wrong."
Jiao Guobiao, a former associate professor in Peking
University’s School of Journalism, also believes that
The recent mass protest of tens of thousands in Dalian
against a PX factory indicates the power of microblogging.
Jiao Guo: “Our constitution promises everything,
including freedom of press, speech, rally and demonstration,
but actually there’s none of that.
Just like what Zhang Wenying says, except for following the CCP’s lead, none of the constitution is realized.
Those who established the laws destroyed the laws."
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Song Feng and Wang Mingyu.