China’s Internet Censors for Sale

What happens when a country’s government censors the entirety of its domestic web, with no oversight or transparency? It turns out that politicians aren’t the only ones with an interest in repressing free expression–and given a lever of control, a black market of censors quickly emerges.A group of investigators from Chinese magazine Caixin recently uncovered the activities of Beijing’s “dark PR” agencies, who take money from private companies to bribe Internet censors to delete unfavourable commentary on Chinese forums and microblogging sites, using the infrastructure that the Chinese authorities have built for political censorship.

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