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An online cesspit?

By Xuyang Jingjing (Global Times)

08:10, February 06, 2012

Sina.com's Weibo microblogging service has grown massively in the last two years, reaching over 250 million users. But some liberal users are quitting the service, disappointed by what they see as bursts of irrational debate and content control.

Zhang Ming, a political science professor at Renmin University of China known for his controversial views, left Weibo early last month.

Within days, Yu Jianrong, a prominent sociologist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who initiated a famous campaign on Weibo to rescue kidnapped children, announced that he was quitting Sina in support of Zhang.

He Weifang, a prominent law professor at Peking University, also announced to temporarily suspend his Sina Weibo in mid-January.

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