Fifty Cent Party
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五毛党 (Wǔ Máo Dǎng): Fifty Cent Party
A “fifty-center” is anyone who actively and publicly posts opinions online that defend or support government policy. Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to undercover Internet commentators paid by the government to sway public opinion (“fifty cents” is a reference to the alleged pay received per post).
Artist and activist Ai Weiwei conducted a lengthy interview with a self-described fifty-center which circulated during his 2011 detention.
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