CHINA-CYBER SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE

On September 27, 2017, the Chinese social media mega-platform Weibo, which has more than 340 million monthly users, posted on its verified “Weibo Manager” account that it sought to recruit 1,000 new “Weibo Supervisors”. The platform said in the announcement that the supervisors would be working with its “special community supervision mechanism” to police “indecent, illegal and harmful information,” making regular reports. The ad offered performance bonuses for those who “effectively reported the most,” and even promised monthly “material rewards” including iPhones and tablets. The advertisement clarified that under the leadership of the Beijing Municipal office of the Cyberspace Administration of China, Weibo has established a special community supervision mechanism. It said Weibo Supervisors will use a special reporting mechanism to report and handle indecent, illegal and harmful information. In another indication that the 'social credit management system' is in effect in Beijing, it said applicants must have "a social creditworthiness score of at least 80%".





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