China launches new crackdown on internet celebrities


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In its latest bid to contain the often riotous jumble of news and rumor on the Chinese internet, the Communist party has decided to bring the most high-profile and influential voices to heel.

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Hao Qun, a famous 39-year-old novelist and frequent government critic who goes by the pen name Murong Xuecun, found his account on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, deleted. He tried to open another account but failed.

Before his account was removed, Mr Hao had 1.85 million followers and his postings on the site often went viral.

The world of Weibo, which had 368 million registered users last year, operates much like Speaker’s Corner. Its most famous inhabitants command huge followings and have the power to steer debate in a way that is often uncomfortable for the Communist party.

The deletion of Mr Hao’s account follows a series of…

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