China enlists students to spread “positive energy” on the Internet

With the goal of spreading “positive energy” on the Internet, The Chinese government started recruiting 10 million volunteer members of the youth wing of the CCP to promote the “voice of good youth” in “sunshine comments.”[i] Bloggers in the “5-cent party” were already paid five mao (8 US cents) per post to support the government and attack its critics. The campaign included goals for specific numbers of recruits from universities in various cities and cartoons such as man in a knight’s helmet pointing his sword at “uncivilized” posts. The Communist Youth Leagues’ web site China Youth Net criticized netizens who made fun of the policy.

[i] Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer, “Wanted: Ten Million Chinese Students to ‘Civilize’ the Internet,” Washington Post, April 10, 2015.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/04/10/wanted-ten-million-chinese-students-to-civilize-the-internet/

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