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China’s Internet Censors Try a New Trick: Revealing Users’ Locations

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One hashtag calling for the feature to be revoked quickly accumulated 8,000 posts and was viewed more than 100 million times before it was censored in late April. A university student in Zhejiang province sued Weibo, the Chinese social platform, in March for leaking personal information without his consent when the platform automatically showed his location. Others have pointed out the hypocrisy of the practice, since celebrities, government accounts, and the chief executive of Weibo have all been exempted from the location tags.Despite the pushback, the authorities have signaled the changes are likely to last. An article in the state-run publication, China Comment, argued the lo …

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