Chinese censor prosecuted for taking bribes to censor remarks companies and government officials disliked

Censorship invites abuse. In China, the widespread practice of Internet censorship means that lots of people are authorized to hand down censorship orders and lots more people naturally turn to censorship when something on the Internet bugs them. This week, Chinese authorities prosecuted an "Internet policeman" who took payments from companies in return for censoring unfavorable remarks about them on social media. He's accused of censoring more than 2,500 posts in return for over $300K in payments. He also collaborated with another official to censor critical remarks about government officials. It seems unlikely that Gu, the Internet policeman who was arrested, and Liu, his collaborator, were the only two censors-for-hire in the Chinese system.

Lest you think that this problem is uniquely Chinese, consider that when Wikileaks leaked the Great Firewall of Australia's blacklist, we learned that more the half the sites on the list didn't meet the censorship criteria. And when the Danish and Swedish blacklists were analyzed, it emerged that more than 98 percent of the sites blocked did not meet the official criteria for censorship. And in the UK, the national firewall once blocked all of Wikipedia.

China Prosecuted Internet Policeman In Paid Deletion Cases

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  1. Which comment did you have censored in the 7 minutes between joining and this comment?

  2. That is entirely untrue. There are plenty of folks on here who are far from 'leftist socialist progressives'. Know what they're not? Assholes. Which is why you can read every comment they've ever left on here, as you can those who have (respectfully) disagreed with them.

    TL;DR: Haddaway and shite, man.

  3. You sound like you must have acted like an asshole. I've left plenty of comments here disagreeing with basic premises of some of the editors that haven't gotten deleted, and a few that have. The ones that have gotten deleted, by and large, when I've looked at them again, I've been glad they took it upon themselves to prevent me from making a fool out of myself by acting like an asshole in public. Maybe you should take a closer look at your deleted comments.

  4. Awwwww butthurt idiot is butthurt.

    I'm mean and rude and I disagree with the original post frequently. I've been commenting on here for years and years and the only time I got banned was when I (jokingly) made a dupe account of antinous to troll him about sock puppets and dupe accounts. I emailed him and was unbanned instantly.

    The only comments that get censored are: off-topic, abusive, sexist, racist, discriminatory, etc. There's rules here and if you don't like them you can simply take your pathetic hang-ups and fuck right off. The internet is not a democracy and we don't have to listen to your stupid opinion here. Just keep complaining, shit-for-brains... it's going great so far.

    bahahahahaha... was this you @Falcor ? I commend the duration of the ban

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