The 500m people who use the internet in China have long been aware of the presence of the censors who watch their movements online and delete their more inflammatory posts. Now those monitors may have to get used to someone watching over their shoulders.
Teams at Harvard and the University of Hong Kong have been using new software that allows them to watch the censoring of posts on Chinese social-media sites more closely than before. And now they have started to release some of their key findings.
- Found that 13% of all social-media posts in China were censored.
- Posts critical of the government are not rigorously censored.
- But, posts that have the purpose of getting people to assemble, potentially in protest, are swept from the internet within a matter of hours.
- Censoring of topics, days before the news broke.
Keep reading to learn how this data is allowing researchers to challenge the censors – The Economist: Monitoring the monitors