Chinese gov't gazette opens microblogging account
BEIJING, Nov 09, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The gazettee of the State Council,
China's Cabinet, opened its account on China's Twitter-like
service Sina Weibo on Saturday, following thousands of government
administrations that have showed willingness to engage with the
public via social media.
The gazettee Weibo account will be used to publish the
country's major policies and guidelines in a timely and accurate
manner, according to an advance notice released on the Sina Weibo
Its first Weibo messages released on Saturday are a number of
government decrees and regulations on waterway management,
automobile recall, education, and green food as well as the
reshuffle of government officials.
The account was followed by 190,000 fans as of 10 a.m. Saturday
on Sina Weibo, which is used by more than 300 million Chinese
More Chinese government administrations and agencies have
resorted to microblogs to interact with the public, as
microblogging services are gaining increasing popularity and
influence among the country's 500 million Internet users.
Government administrations and agencies use microblogs to offer
information, answer queries, address complaints, and sometimes
provide credible responses to rumors.
The number of government microblog accounts registered at Sina
Weibo reached 50,947 by the end of September, an increase of more
than 6,000 compared with three months ago, according to a Sina
Weibo report released in October..
China's government microblogs have entered a stage of stable
development and effective operation and become a priority channel
for authorities to communicate with the public in case of
emergencies, it said.
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