China clamps down on influential social media users

The Chinese government has reportedly launched a fresh attack on voices of dissent taking advantage of social media platforms.

Influential accounts managed by writers and intellectuals have been closed in an effort to control the flow of debate on the internet.

Under the new leadership of President Xi Jinping, officials have been tasked with shutting down “dangerous” Western idealogical threats.

Writing in the Guardian, one high-profile novelist who has found his social media use curtailed – Murong Xuecun – spoke of the “fear” and “powerlessness” Chinese intellectuals experience.

“It’s as if you are walking into a minefield blindfolded,” he wrote.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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