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Qiushi:Sources of Risk for Internet-Based Public Opinion Emergency Events

Qiushi Journal, a bi-weekly magazine published by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, recently published an article discussing how to control online public opinion. Since 2012, China has had over 300 million users, making it the largest online microblogging country in the world. At the same time, the number of public opinion “emergency events” has increased significantly. The article suggested that control should be applied to the sources of the risk. The author summarized eight primary sources: (1) Events related to government official’s misconduct; (2) Events triggered by wealth gaps in society; (3) Events inflamed by abuse of police power; (4) Corruption; (5) Sex scandals; (6) Events involving violence; (7) Widespread counterfeiting; (8) Unfairness against vulnerable social groups. The article called for closer government monitoring of these sources in addition to technical methods such as keyword filtering.
Source: Qiushi Journal, May 2, 2013