From China Digital Space
五毛 (wǔ máo): fifty cent
Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to undercover Internet commentators who were paid by the government to sway public opinion (“fifty cents” is a reference to the alleged pay received per post). Now, however, the term is used to describe anyone who actively and publicly posts opinions online that defend or support government policy. As such, the so-called Fifty Cent Party has become the object of much scorn for many netizens. See, for example, this post by Han Han, this comical account of the birth of a fifty cent member, and this satirical “training manual” for Fifty Cent Party members. Read more about the Fifty Cent Party via CDT.