Uploaded on May 8, 2011
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Web forums and blogs are full of "50 Cent Party"
also known as the paid web commentators.
The "Song of 50 Cent" was forwarded online
many times. The lyric describes who they are.
China's cyber space is manipulated
by Chinese Communist Party authorities
with false public opinions.
"We are "50 Cent Party,"
each post eliminates one enemy.
We are the commentary army,
perturbing netizens everywhere."
This song spread rapidly online recently.
It portrays the characteristics of the "50 Cent Party"
by using an old tune praising the Chinese army.
"50 Cent Party" is a nickname for web commentators,
trained and paid by the communist authorities,
schools and websites to publish online comments
in favor of the CCP.
For each post they receive 50 cents.
So most Chinese netizens called them "50 Cents."
A "50 Cent Party" member said,
he has 400 QQ groups, all "50 Cent Party."
If necessary, he can motivate in a short time
40,000 of them to create a "public opinion."
Not only government bureaus recruit 50 cent-ers,
county government offices even train them online.
Chinese media reported, Zijiang County, Hunan,
trained its news reporters and web commentators.
According to "Qingdao Evening News" in Shangdong,
a district Physical Education Dept. selected 100+
web commentators from their teachers.
Apple Daily said, there are estimated 280,000
"50 Cent Party" members nationwide.
If each makes 5 posts a day, that is 1.4M posts.
"We have numerous buddies on the vast cyber space.
We get paid no matter whether netizens like us.
We're disguised on each cyber group to confuse you.
Each forum, blog or BBS is our fighting ground.
We are loyal to whoever pays us 50 cent a post."
Dr. Heng He, senior analyst, felt the Chinese regime
controlled the "50 Cent Party" by economic means.
Its service is to manipulate public's conscience.
Heng He: "During the Eastern Germany era,
they would not even reveal recruiting so many spies.
They were secret.
But under the CCP's regime these people
are acknowledged and encouraged publicly."
Netizens believe that the "50 Cent Party"
will vanish as the CCP gets dissolved,
because no one will be interested to pay them
50 cents to manipulate the public's opinion.
NTD reporters Zhao Xinzhi and Li Lu
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