China in big push against opinion-leading blogs
BEIJING (AP) - Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog.
One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge.
Many famous Chinese - from pop stars to scholars, journalists to business tycoons - have amassed substantial online followings, and these larger-than-life personalities don't always hew to the Communist Party line.
Now Beijing is tightening its grip on China's already heavily restricted Internet by making influential microbloggers uncomfortable when they post material the government doesn't like.