Thursday, February 10, 2011

Re-connecting Abducted Kids with Their Families: The New Function of Social Media in China

Professor Yu Jianrong, a high-profile scholar who is famous for his research on weak groups of China and speaking for these people, recently launched a microblog based movement to encourage citizens to take pictures of children beggars and tweet the pictured message via a specific microblog account to help rescue them and re-connect them with their parents.

The original Sina microblog account has already had nearly 200,000 followers. As of today, more than 1000 kid pictures has been tweeted, and at least 6 kids have been found by their parents.

Inspired by Professor Yu’s effort, others microblog websites have also opened their microblog accounts for same purpose. This is one of the very few microblogging efforts got the support from the government.

Please visit the Sina microblog and see the relevant news articles from Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

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