China now world’s largest online population

From over at Memeburn, China now apparently has the world’s largest online population at 513 million.

According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s online population rose to 513 million in 2011, which is a 12.2% increase from 2010.

In 2010, 63.1 million users had a Weibos account. By 2011, 250 million people (or 48.7% of the online population in China) had either signed up or continued to enjoy a personal or corporate microblog. In a country subjected to fairly brutal online censorship laws, the government will face an uphill battle to control them.

Weibos can be compared to Twitter in terms of function. Twitter is banned in China, therefore the weibos become the most-used medium for online users who were desperate to voice their opinions.

For the full post, click here.

To visit the China Internet Network Information Center, click here.

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