China’s parallel online universe

December 28, 2011 | Source: The Diplomat

Internet users in China (credit: Photobucket/Blaque_07)

China’s social-media clones are diverse and likely, but careful to follow Communist Party censorship.

Western social media services are blocked in China. This clears the playing field for homegrown (and heavily monitored) firms, such as Renren (Facebook-type functions), (YouTube-like video sharing service), Sina Weibo (Twitter-like microblogging service), QQ (MSN messenger-like), and Baike (Wikipedia-like).

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