If you thought that breaking up with your boyfriend through a text message or email is bad, then how about through a mass Twitter message. This is the story of Wang Gongquan, a billionaire investor from China, that recently informed his wife, friends, family, and millions of others that he is getting a divorce and going to marry his mistress. He used a Twitter like online blog called Weibo to say “I am giving up everything and eloping with Wang Qin. I feel ashamed and so am leaving without saying goodbye. I kneel down and beg forgiveness!”. This message was reposted over 60,000 times within 24 hours.
Twitter may be banned in China, but they have Weibo that successfully launched only 21 months ago. Weibo allows their users to post messages, photos, and videos. There are currently over 140 million users and approximately 20 million new users per month. The Chinese government censors all of the posts, but they do not deny people the right to express their feelings on pop culture, gossip, or vulgar banter.
Our class discussions have spanned from the appropriate use of social media to the limited freedoms of China. This post acknowledges that China is starting to embrace the world of social media, but with extreme censorship. The Chinese government does not forbid the use of crass or immature messages, but they do not tolerate postings that contain threats or demeaning politcal opinions.
With the exponential amount of growing users in social media, do you beleive that the people of China will ever revolt from their goverment having complete control over their freedom of virtual speech?
While we are speaking of this article…. Do you think that it is okay to break up with your significant other using social media?