China’s Communist Party Reaches Out Via Social Media
They’re beating a hasty retweet. Though China’s ruling party had long viewed social media as a threat to its grip on information — Facebook and Twitter are still banned in the country — it’s starting to see the benefits. Updates on this week’s Communist Party Congress were published on a mobile app launched for the occasion, as well as Chinese social media sites like Weibo and Renren. Now, experts say, the government’s turning to online tools to spread party ideology among China’s youth, and to connect to people overseas.