Certainly there is plenty of misinformation, rumors and such on Twitter (and on the Internet) but people are (ideally) educated to think critically and discern truth from rumor (easier said than done, it is true).
Chinese authorities are clearly as intent as ever on restricting free expression and the flow of information. The recent, daring escape of dissident Chen Guangcheng from round-the-clock surveillance at his home in Shandong province has suggested that the authoritarian country’s security forces may not be as air-tight as thought. Now in New York, Chen has repeatedly said that he fears for his family’s safety. Chen’s brother, Chen Guangfu, is reportedly missing after fleeing to Beijing to seek help for his son, Chen Kegui, who faces an attempted murder charge after using knives when local officials broke into his house, the day after his uncle’s escape. Last week, Chen Guangu described how he had been tied to a chair and beaten for three days to reveal how his brother had escaped.
Clearly, discussing the information in the previous paragraph would result in your Weibo account quickly having zero points — if you could mention anything about Chen and his family at all.
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