Monitoring microblogs

Weibo

If you write something politically sensitive on China's microblogs, or Weibo, how quickly might it be deleted?

Researchers in the United States have been looking into the issue and found some surprising results.

Reporter: Viv Marsh

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With more than half a billion Chinese online, and many of them avid microbloggers, the speed of censorship uncovered on Sina Weibo is astonishing. The researchers mined data on microblog comments removed by administrators, and found that nearly a third of the deleted posts were taken down in the first 30 minutes.

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avid hevesli, istekli

censorship sansür

to mine (mineralleri vs) yer altından çıkarmak; burada: araştırmalar sonucunda bulup çıkarmak

scandals skandallar, rezaletler

bringing bloggers into line blog yazarlarını hizaya getirmek

flagging dikkat çekmek amacıyla işaretlemek

scrutiny inceleme, denetleme

to satisfy memnun etmek, tatmin etmek

heavy-handed sert, zor kullanarak

to walk a fine line dengeleri gözeterek dikkatli bir şekilde davranmak