China’s state-sponsored tweeters & their paid tweets

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  1. Galaxy

    Galaxy Elite Member Elite Member

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    CHINA’S STATE-SPONSORED TWEETERS & THEIR PAID TWEETS


    DECEMBER 10, 2011, B.RAMAN

    On December 9,2011, Radio Free Asia, funded by the US State Department, disseminated a report attributed to the Agence France Presse (AFP) regarding how China has been trying to counter criticism of the State and the Communist Party of China and spread of undesirable “rumours” through the Internet by micro-bloggers and other netizens.

    2. The text of the AFP report as disseminated by the Radio station is given below:

    China's Online Propagandists Revealed

    A pair of leaked receipts from a university in northwestern China that apparently shows the pay given to government-backed Internet commentators, known as the "50 cent army," has been circulating among netizens this week.

    Sealed with the official stamp of "The Party Committee Propaganda Department of the Northwestern Polytechnic University of the Chinese Communist Party," the receipts confirm that money was paid to "Internet commentators."

    An employee who answered the phone at the Xian-based university confirmed that such a job exists on campus.

    "You mean a propaganda specialist," he said, when asked if there was such a job as "Internet commentator" at the college.

    But he said he didn't know much about the job, and supplied a second phone number for more information.

    The employee who answered this number also confirmed the job exists.

    "Of course we do," he said. "The job is to write news ... for example, they might use their knowledge of scholarly articles."

    "With editorial input from the team, they can produce something of great value," he said.

    However, he hung up when pressed for further details.
    China is stepping up media training for its officials, as well as an army of freelance commentators paid to direct public debate online, known as the "50 cent army," according to official media reports in recent months.

    A news report from local television station, Hubei Xishui TV, said local officials from the Xishui county propaganda department had held training exercises for official spokespersons and "Internet commentators."

    Media training courses for commentators and government officials include tips on how to influence coverage by the country's biggest news organizations, as well as numerous methods of using the Internet and social media to spread the government's message.

    Internet commentators are expected to report "the truth" as fast as possible, to supplement their information with explanations for events, and to influence Internet debate in the "correct" direction, reports have said.

    Veteran bloggers and online activists say that a typical workday for a 50-center would involve watching forum posts, microblog posts, and chatrooms for topics linked to a specific keyword allocated by their managers.

    How much they are paid depends on the number of comments, tweets, and posts they make that steer the debate in the government's preferred direction.

    According to the receipts currently circulating, which had the personal details of the 50-centers obscured, two commentaries were paid for by the university, one at 20 yuan, and one at 30 yuan.

    The world of the government-backed online commentators is shadowy, with ordinary netizens left to infer how they operate from their behavior online or from the occasional leaked document.

    Earlier this year, the news website Canyu leaked a document titled "Internal Work Handbook" allegedly written for 50-centers.

    In it, hired commentators are instructed to track down the source of any online "rumors," and then to order the website that first posted it to delete the offending item.

    One Chinese student who declined to be named said he had once written articles for the government online, to earn a little extra money.

    "I saw that my classmates were doing it as well, and I didn't think anything of it," he said. "I didn't know that we were the so-called '50 cent army.'"

    "I didn't really understand what I was doing, and I was somewhat lacking in values," he said. "Now I deeply regret going out to bat for them with comments like that."
    He said he was able to earn around 100-120 yuan a month writing the articles.

    Chinese Internet expert Li Li said that while the 50 cent army appears to be growing in numbers, their effectiveness is limited.

    "If you do a lot of bad things, you will lose credibility ... and eventually no one will believe anything you say," Li said.

    "Then there will be a backlash; everyone will know who the 50 cent army are, and the government's credibility will be at its lowest possible level."

    Blogger Wen Yunchao, known by his online nickname Beifeng, said most netizens adopted a policy of ignoring 50-centers.

    "We pretend we don't hear or see them," he said. "We treat them as if they weren't there, and never give any kind of reaction."

    "This makes them much less effective."

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  3. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    There are many 50-centers on this very forum parroting the CCP party line.
     
  4. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    If you may please pick them out.
     
  5. LurkerBaba

    LurkerBaba Staff Administrator

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    Guilty conscience ?
     
  6. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    I have nothing to feel guilt of, I am just feeling sick of you guys doing this again and again.

    Since you are so sure there are members paid by CPC to post here, why not tell us who?
     
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  7. Nagraj

    Nagraj Regular Member

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    I actually support Nimo.
    we have not seen any proof of these allegations of chine employing 50 cents army but somehow we can't resist labeling every other Chinese in cyberspace as 50 center
     
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  8. LurkerBaba

    LurkerBaba Staff Administrator

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    We respect a person's identity (regardless of his/her ideological affiliation) and would prefer not to leak any information.
     
  9. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    the list of Chinese memebers of DFI

    nimo_cn
    kickok1987
    aimarraul
    badguy2000
    huanle
    huaxiarox
    shotgunner
    masterofsea
    niceguy2011
    J20!
    aramsogo
    no smoking
    TianShan
    ohimalaya

    Some others may not be on the list, but I will finish that list.

    Anyway, a accusation has been made against us, why not make it clear and support it with proof?

    There are only a dozen of us, which are not many. Can't be that hard to find out who are 50-centers and who are not.

    Let us solve it for once and for all.
     
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  10. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    So you are with DD on this one?
     
  11. Dovah

    Dovah Untermensch Senior Member

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    Wouldn't pay niceguy 1 cent for his posts though, just saying.
     
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  12. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Their are many Chicom Bots on every Major Forums which are in interest of CCP..

    50 cent is a old story their are many new..
     
  13. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    DFI included or not?

    What is the point of making such a vague allegation?
     
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    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    just one question- is someone paid extra money for writing LOL in his posts???? by the cpc of course.
     
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  15. Galaxy

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    Yes. CCP has created a lot of Internet warriors to make Internet as neutral by posting false facts and to counter serious allegations. They are busy in various forums/sites and I have seen such groups across the forum including Pak, Chinese, Japanese and English forum.

    50 Cent Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  16. Nagraj

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    Whoa just clicked on the link.
    it's a blog??
    Really!!!
    like blog is considered an unbiased news source on DFI ::scared1:
     
  17. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Ohimalaya and Kickok both star members.

    Speak for yourself.
     
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  18. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    I guess you are refering to niceguy2011 by LOL.

    So let us be clear, you believe that niceguy2011 is paid by CPC?
     
  19. Galaxy

    Galaxy Elite Member Elite Member

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    You are taking it personally mate.

    All Chinese posters are not from 50 cent army but All 50 cent army belongs to CPC.

    I am not sure whether any Chinese poster on this forum belongs to such group. Actually, I never noticed. It's better to know so that members will be aware of such facts. Not everyone knows that a big group is working for CPC online.
     
  20. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    Thanks, which means our list is becoming short.

    nimo_cn
    aimarraul
    badguy2000
    huanle
    huaxiarox
    shotgunner
    masterofsea
    niceguy2011
    J20!
    aramsogo
    no smoking
    TianShan
     
  21. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    dont know! just trying to live like a troll for one day.
     
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