London - China is employing two million people to keep tabs on the use of the internet by its citizens, its state media have claimed.
Beijing News, a government-run website, said the army of workers were employed as “opinion analysts”.
Millions of Chinese are avid users of Weibo and other state-approved social media sites, proving a headache for the controlling Chinese authorities.
Most of the snoopers are performing simple keyword searches to monitor the millions of posts made every day.
The exact number of government staff employed to trawl the internet in search of criticism or dissent in China has long been a source of speculation.
The country’s communist authorities are said to be terrified that unrest or political change could result if they relax their grip. Many websites freely available in the West, such as Facebook, are banned in China. - Daily Mail