With Chen Guangcheng news on Twitter, China's censors lost control

Posted in: Censorship at 06/05/2012 18:32

For a government that keeps a tight grip on information, this was a week when it lost control of the narrative.

In the diplomatic standoff over blind activist Chen Guangcheng, technology and growing social-media savvy helped spread, drive and at times even muddy a story rife with unexpected twists.

The round-the-clock use of Twitter and other social media by Chinese activists kept foreign journalists and human rights groups overseas apprised of developments in real time, even as authorities tried to isolate Chen and his supporters.

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