THEORY: Not even state-sponsored social management can stop internet weird

by Lindsey

Setting aside the fact that the China Daily considers “social management” of 300m Weibo users to be the right of the state, this is outright bizarre:

On Wednesday, a “prostitute” who had more than 250,000 followers, including several prominent Chinese Internet celebrities, on “her” micro blog account, turned out to be a 31-year-old man.

Using the pseudonym “Ruoxiaoan1”, the man, surnamed Lin, posted 401 entries on his Sina Weibo account, starting from January, fabricating stories about working as a 22-year-old sex worker who “accidentally” lost her virginity, in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province.

Some of his entries were re-posted as many as 10,000 times.

However, Lin is actually employed as an editor. He craved fame and made up stories on his Weibo account. He was fined 500 yuan ($78) for disturbing public order and his micro blog account was permanently deleted.

10,000 times? What is going on over there? My Chinese is very, very rusty and the account may be diminished, but these microblogs aren’t terribly compelling.