Microblogs mobilize masses to help China's disadvantaged groups

14:18, August 02, 2011      

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China's Internet microblogs are exerting a huge influence, and more and more disadvantaged Chinese groups are receiving help through microblogs.

Xiang Xiang, a beautiful 6-year-old boy in China's Shanxi Province, was accidentally burnt in a big fire. His face was disfigured, and four fingers of his left hand were amputated. Though he survived the catastrophe, the poor boy had to wear a white mask and is known as "The Masked Doll."

Because Xiang Xiang's parents were very poor, they were unable to afford the child's skin graft operation. Fortunately, Xiang Xiang's experience caught the attention of microblogs. In a little over a month's time, netizens have donated about 600,000 yuan to Xiang Xiang, and the cost of his operation was covered.

According to the report issued by the Network Public Opinion Institute of Communication University of China, microblogs have become China's second largest source of Chinese public opinion. In 2010 more than 20 percent of Chinese important events were firstly reported via microblog.

With China's microblog users exceeding 195 million, the role that the micro-blog plays in social assistance is beyond people's imagination. Nowadays, aid to poor groups is being facilitated every day through China's famous microblog website. Love has been embodied again and again in the network.

By People's Daily Online

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