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How Chinese officials 'like' banned Facebook

Published on May 18, 2014 11:57 AM
 
In a file picture taken on Feb 3, 2012, Chinese netizens use computers at an internet cafe in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. China's Communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. But when it comes to promoting themselves they are increasingly keen users. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China's Communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. But when it comes to self-promotion they are increasingly keen users themselves.

The official news agency Xinhua, the Communist Party's official mouthpiece the People's Daily, and state broadcaster CCTV all have Twitter accounts, as do a host of city and provincial authorities.

When the city of Hangzhou, renowned for its lakes and canals, looked to raise its international profile it turned to Facebook, the world's most-popular social network.

China's Internet users, who now number 618 million, have been blocked from using it since 2009.

 
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