China’s Internet A Major Concern To Officials

From AFP:

The Internet in China has become a major concern for officials, who are increasingly being scrutinised by the general public, a government adviser said Monday.

“The Internet has become the most powerful media in every government official’s daily life,” said Steven Dong, an adviser to the State Council — China’s Cabinet — on publicity and crisis communications.

Dong pointed to the practice of cyber-vigilantism — a rising trend in China where regular Internet users research personal information about and put pressure on individuals who are perceived to have acted badly.

“Last year, we had over 84 government officials who were (affected by cyber-vigilantism) and one third of them lost their jobs,” he said.

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