US researchers carry out first deep analysis of China’s government-backed internet warriors

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Number of posts by ‘fifty-cent gang’ numbers in the hundreds of millions, but their purpose is not to argue with critics, but to sing the praises of the Party

It’s an open secret that China employs a veritable army of internet commentators to sing the government’s praises and attack its critics, but researchers at Harvard University in the United States say they not only have evidence this is the case, but also what Beijing’s motive is. Continue reading