Police in Hubei have uncovered the biggest case in China so far involving paid services for the removal of unfavorable online posts.
The operation was worth an estimated 50 million yuan (HK$63 million) and involved about 2,000 people in 22 provinces and municipalities, state media reported.
Such operations are not uncommon in the mainland. In December, 2013, police shut down six “public relations” firms who charged their clients to have posts removed. The companies had bribed website editors technicians, through agents, to delete the posts. The companies charged clients hundreds of thousands of yuan to delete the posts, and paid agents between 200-1,000 per deleted post.
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