hackingbear writes: Sina Weibo, the extremely popular micro-blogging service in China, was ruled wrongfully shutting down a user's account without notice. (Here is the google translation.) Sina accused the user, by the last name Ms. Chiu, posted defamation against a TV anchor woman and shut down her two accounts. But a Beijing court ruled that the user's message does not constitute as a rude defamation and order Sina to pay 2520 Yuan (~ $400) to the user. This legal case is first of its kind in China. However, the number of blocks and shut downs due to politically sensitive message will not likely decrease, according to a lawyer interviewed in the article. During an interview with CNN, Sina CEO Charles Chao claimed "there are people working in terms of looking at the content itself and the message itself. There are a lot of rumors on the microblog itself, a lot of fraud on the microblog. There are a lot of things we need to take care of." But look like his people are not very accurate in their job. Recently, the service starts asking users to register real identities to prevent the use of fake identities and make it easier to trace the source of online rumors.
"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world."
-- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS