In 2010, about 1 million articles were censored each day in China. Along with this, many western social networking sites are heavily restricted. This, however, has given rise to a vibrant ecosystem of copycat Chinese versions of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These cater for the more than 500 million Chinese citizens online, and given an interesting view of an alternative social networking ecosystem than exists in most other areas of the world.
The Social Media Revolution Infographic highlights:
- China’s great firewall – where sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are censored
- China’s preponderance of copycat platforms – Chinese versions of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
- Reasons for the rapid rise in adoption and importance of social media sites in China