(RSF/IFEX) – 31 August 2011 – The authorities continue to reinforce their control over the Internet in China, which held its 10th annual China Internet Conference on 23 August in Beijing.
Use of the Internet has grown enormously in recent years. China now has half a billion Internet users. Facebook and Twitter are censored but Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging website, has more than 200 million users. The public’s enthusiasm for the Internet and the government’s fear of online protests has resulted in constant advancements in online censorship. Weibo, for example, now employs 100 people around the clock just to monitor the content being posted online, according to the magazine Forbes.