Top China blogger appears on TV amid Internet crackdown
BEIJING (AFP) - One of China's most popular microbloggers warned of the dangers of "casual" online posts in an interview with state-run media on Wednesday, as authorities continued a crackdown on Internet speech.
State broadcaster CCTV asked Mr Pan Shiyi, who has more than 16 million followers on Sina Weibo, China's wildly popular equivalent of Twitter, to describe the "social responsibility" of microbloggers.
Mr Pan, a wealthy real-estate developer who has become an influential leader of public opinion through his online comments, said that popular microblog users should be "more disciplined".
"If we are post completely casually...then the social impact and damage will be large," he said.