There’s been a few fascinating, if unverified, insights thrown up over the past few days about how information management actually works on a day to day level in China. Here’s how it goes down at Southern Weekend. And here’s how Sina Weibo’s internet censors interpreted their directives:
With such background, we have the second thesis: The strategy on deletion and distribution. Please think about this: You guys keep posting messages like machines, and the micro-blog secretaries keep deleting them. If we don't delete messages one by one and suspend accounts, we could have saved more time and energy. We could have served better as the running dog. You can see the messages before they are deleted, right? You still have your account functioning, right? You are all experienced netizens, you know that the technology allows us to delete messages in a second. Please think carefully on this.
They’re working to rule, with a heavy hint that the more work they have to do, the harder the rule is to enforce. We’ve blogged this before.