Censorship in China is nothing new. Heck, it's practically to be expected these days. Witness last week's censoring of the Shanghai stock exchange's 64.89 point drop on June 4. See, that number is already on the Great Firewall of China's blacklist because it happens to coincide with the date of the Tiananmen Square massacre, 6/4/89. That the drop happened to occur on June 4, the 23rd anniversary of the massacre, well, that's just one of life's rich little ironies. And it caused havoc, as the censors felt compelled to crack down on any mention of the perfectly legitimate stock market results. And any mention of the stock market, in fact. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad.
Now, China's Twitter-like microblog Sina Weibo is threatening to up the censorship ante with a new policy that cracks down on "untrue" content, reports the International Business Times. This new system comes in the guise of a new point system. Upon creating a Sina Weibo account, users are given 80 points (or 100 points if they set up their account using their government-assigned ID number). Subsequently, each "falsehood" that the user communicates to the larger community results in a point loss, with broader communication leading to greater losses. read more »