WeiboScope Uses Big Data to Track Censors in China
Excerpt: An incredible development in China gives us new insight into the power of Big Data. WeiboScope, developed at Hong Kong University, scans up to 300,000 user accounts on Weibo, a Twitter-like service in China, to develop a better understanding of government censorship patterns. It can be used to predict what the government is likely to find objectionable–and even, possibly, to predict major news events before they happen.
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- Reverse engineering Chinese censorship: When and why are controversial tweets deleted? (niemanlab.org)
- Sina Weibo censoring photos, searches for Hong Kong? (nextlevelofnews.com)