Case study: How Weibo has changed Murong Xuecun, a 39-year-old novelist, once had 1.1 million followers on Weibo. He explains why he has now largely abandoned the social media site "After my account was deleted in May 2013, I opened nine more accounts and they were all deleted. Recently one of them was allowed back, so I'm using that. "In 2009, Sina (Weibo) invited me to open an account. They said lots of accounts were from sports stars and celebrities and they wanted someone to offer some depth. So I opened an account and I helped them find other writers. "To start with, I only tweeted about literature and art. But during the 'Jasmine Revolution' (a short-lived movement at the time of the Arab Spring) my friend Ran Yunfei was arrested. I was so angry I started calling for rights and equality. "At the start I only used to post every two to three days. Sometimes I wouldn't post at all for a month. But after the Jasmine Revolution I posted every day. "Now I rarely use it. They always delete my accounts and it is a hassle to set up each one anew. Also they always delay my posts. It takes hours before my followers can read anything. That is annoying. Weibo users will soon find another home following crackdown 30 Jan 2014 "The information flowing on Weibo has changed dramatically since the campaign against the internet began last August. There used to be lots of people discussing the history of the Party, posting criticism of either central or local government, and debating the nature of patriotism. "Now it is all about pets, show business and the daily lives of celebrities. Going forward, I am not going to spend much time on it." Related Articles China's Sina Weibo is in danger of becoming boring - just how the authorities want it 30 Jan 2014 How China killed off discussion on the web 30 Jan 2014 Case study: How Weibo has changed - Telegraph **************************************** That much about all the "open-ness" that the Chinese shout from the rooftops about regarding their much loved Weibo. From discussing issues that are contemporary to being confined to animals and shenanigans of celebrities, which, of course, does not mean celebrity politicians! This is the modern way of the CCP doing a "Cultural Revolution". Find out about dissident views and dissidents and then go after them, having clamped down any further criticism! What a way to go!