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Protecting the public 140 words at a time

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

08:35, August 03, 2012

Chen Hang, an officer of the Mawei district border defense brigade in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, shows local primary students how to update a micro blog. Chen runs the official micro blog for his brigade. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

Public security authorities are most influential of all the government departments with micro blogs on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like website, according to an analysis.

Authorities nationwide began signing up for Sina accounts two years ago, and there are now 25,866 official micro blogs, 8,583 of them administered by police authorities.

According to a new report by Sina, four public security micro blogs are on the list of the 10 government micro blogs with the most followers.

"The work done by public security authorities is closely tied to people's everyday lives," said Shan Xuegang, an expert on social media who worked on the analysis report. Shan is a researcher at the website of People's Daily, the Communist Party of China's flagship newspaper.

"That's why their micro blogs can get great attention and attract many followers."

During the heavy rainstorm and subsequent floods on July 21, Beijing police published constant updates on its micro blog about dangerous roads and the rescue efforts.

Zhao Feng, a publicity official at the city's public security bureau who manages the account, said he received hundreds of thousands messages from residents asking the police for help, as well as with tips about the places hardest hit by the downpour.

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