More than 16% of messages in cyberspace get deleted in China.

via China Digital Times:

A team at Carnegie Mellon University has analysed tens of millions of Sina Weibo posts, uncovering patterns in China’s “soft censorship”—the deletion of existing posts, as opposed to the “hard censorship” of pre-emptive blocking. The project was conceived when researcher David Bamman noticed the mass deletion of Jiang Zemin death rumours last summer.

In Shanghai the deletion rate is 11%, and in Beijing 12%. 

In Tibet, the overall deletion rate of messages is 53%. 

Read about the researchers’ methodology here.

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