Chinese government pays citizens to provide spin in online discussions
Chinese authorities hiring an increasing number of citizens to trawl chat rooms and counter critical opinions with postings that are loyal to party principles. Der Spiegel magazine reports that the salaried surfers in the province capital of Changsha are said to receive about €70 a month for their work. Apart from participating in existing discussion threads, the employees are also instructed to introduce new topics in line with government policies, said the report.
These measures are supplemented with harder forms of censorship: the report says every Monday, internet providers receive a list of forbidden topics to be deleted immediately by specially appointed cyber-censors. Providers face fines or at worst business closure if they fail to comply.