Police bust PR companies for illegal deletion of news and social media postings
On December 5, the People’s Daily published a report about a police investigation into companies that offer services to delete news items and social media postings from the Internet.
The article does not, of course, mention that the biggest deleter of information from the Internet is the government itself and that because of censorship and self-censorship, deleting news articles and social media posts is entirely natural behavior for editors and other staff of Chinese Internet companies.
Nonetheless, it’s worth a read to get a sense of how filthy the Internet PR business is in China. And to permit ourselves some self-promotion, paid deletion and spam are key reasons that why Danwei’s social media tracking and media monitoring services
do not rely only on automated, technical solutions and always have experienced human editors checking all of our findings.
The original Chinese report is here
, below is a translation.
China’s biggest case of illegal operations by Internet PR compan...
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A Brief Guide to China’s Media Landscape – February 2014
The table below shows mainland China’s most important websites, newspapers, and broadcast news organizations, together with numbers for website traffic, circulation and audience.
The numbers are guesstimates based on media reports, listed companies’ public filings, media advertising rate cards, Alexa.com and Danwei interviews with media insiders. Like all numbers in China, they should be taken with a pinch of salt, for reference only. This list is updated every three months.
The major changes since the last version of this report (published in November 2013
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