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Social media is making once all-powerful Chinese politicians very scared

In China, so many officials are falling to scandals revealed by social media that shaking them down pre-scandal is becoming an industry..

Pics of them getting up to no good with mistresses are so popular that sometimes Photoshop is deployed to ensure there’s good smut on the target.

Organised crime has even got in on the act:

“A crime ring of 80 fake journalists who made 1.1 million renminbi, or about $180,000, over the past five years threatening officials and companies with publishing negative news.”

Perhaps a future business plan for The Age, when all else fails.

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