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).
As the following Sina Weibo comment demonstrates, the Fifty Cent Party has become the object of much scorn:
吕国栋-: When you criticize China, those who think that China is the best at everything will call you a traitor and tell you to get out of the country. When you are skeptical of foreign countries, another group of people will angrily label you as a fifty-center and curse you to die within the system. If you remain silent, the rest will complain that you only say formulaic phrases that have nothing valuable to add.
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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