Weibo, which means micro blog in Chinese, is a Chinese Twitter-like online networking tool. Hundreds of millions of netizens across China use Weibo as a platform to exchange information and voice opin

ions on social issues in a nation under strict news censorship.

Chinese state media approves of YouTube star Li Ziqi
A woman from southwestern China, whose YouTube video channel celebrating rural life is followed by nearly 7.5 million people, has been hailed by state media for her role in promoting Chinese culture. Li Ziqi, 29, from Pingwu in Sichuan province, started her video blogs on traditional food and crafts three years ago after giving up city life to return to the village where she was raised by her grandparents. Li, who now looks after her grandmother, has a library of 100 videos that have been seen tens of millions of times by audiences across the world.  Supporters argue that she has done more to sell Chinese culture than the Confucius Institute, the government-backed soft power promotional org
This AI bot scans social media to help prevent suicides
Wang Le’s bedroom is dim and silent, the curtains tightly drawn. The only sounds come from mouse clicks and a clattering keyboard. Wang has a social phobia that has made it challenging to live and work like a normal person for nearly a decade. The internet has been his only connection to the outside world.  It even saved his life. Wang’s phobia was so severe that, to feed himself, he had to rely on his relatives to leave food at his front gate. Even ordering takeout by phone was overwhelming.  In the spring, he contemplated suicide but hesitated. Afraid of death, but also afraid of life, he shared his despair on Weibo, a popular Twitter-like social platform in China. “Are you OK?” a stranger
He was caught on camera touching his daughter. Police say it’s OK
Public outrage has followed a police decision not to press charges against a father who was filmed kissing and caressing his young daughter on a train in southeastern China. In a video, which went viral this week, the 30-year-old man is seen fondling a young girl sitting in his lap. The man lifts the child’s shirt, strokes her back and tries to kiss her on the mouth. The girl appears to be trying to push the man away. “The father then put his hands under her pants. The girl then said, ‘father, you are touching my buttocks again, it’s painful.’ She continued to struggle,” a female passenger who filmed the video told the Hangzhou-based newspaper City Express, adding that she had not filmed thi
Bay Area cops are China’s newest internet celebs
The latest social media sensation in China? A police department from a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Leandro Police Department has 7,200 likes on Facebook and 4,400 followers on Twitter. But on the Chinese social site Weibo, it has a following of 300,000 – more than three times the city’s population.   The Weibo account, created in 2014 to serve Chinese speakers in the Bay Area, has now become the go-to source for many in China who are curious about American law enforcement. On Weibo, SLPD has been telling its followers about police gear in the US, Californian driving rules and criminal cases involving ethnic Chinese. Most recently, it explained the legal definition of rape
A public suicide, and the onlookers who jeered
Warning: this story contains details that some may find distressing. The suicide of a 19-year-old girl in northwestern China has prompted a collective wave of soul-searching online. Last week, the teenager, identified as Ms Li by police, was discovered sitting on the edge of a building in Qingyang, a city in Gansu province. Rescuers spent hours trying to convince her to return to safety. The same couldn’t be said for some of the onlookers. They shot videos and live-streamed the incident from their mobile phones. In one of the most circulated videos, a woman said the girl was being a coward for not jumping. In some of the social media posts, some onlookers said she should take her own life so
Love blogger banned from Chinese social media for saying ‘comfort women’ had it easy
A controversial relationship blogger in China has been banned from posting on social media after commenting offline that China’s “comfort women” possessed a “gender advantage” over men that boosted their chances of coming out of the Second World War alive. Yang Bingyang, better known as Ayawawa, has been banned from Twitter-like platform Weibo for six months. Weibo, which is China’s largest social network, said in a statement that it had frozen the popular online advice guru’s account after she told participants in one of her offline “emotional training” workshops that Chinese women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during the war exemplified the “natural gender advantage” wom
The epic eye-roll that set the Chinese Internet ablaze
The breaking news at China’s National People’s Congress is normally all about top-level politics and economic targets.  But this time around, it’s a spectacular eye-roll that has set the Chinese internet ablaze.  Dressed in a maroon blazer, Zhang Huijun of the little-known American Multimedia Television USA spent 40 seconds asking long-winded and rambling questions to government official Xiao Yaqing during a press conference. What she said “I am Zhang Huijun, the executive director of AMTV USA. My question is: Improving the state-owned assets-management system and strengthening state-asset supervision by focusing on capital management is something that everyone is concerned about. As the ch