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Submission + - Researchers Made a Fake Social Network to Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

Jason Koebler writes: In order to get inside China's notorious internet filter, Harvard researcher Gary King created his own fake social network in order to gain access to the programs used to censor content, so he could reverse-engineer the system.
"From inside China, we created our own social media website, purchased a URL, rented server space, contracted with one of the most popular software platforms in China used to create these sites, submitted, automatically reviewed, posted, and censored our own submissions," King wrote in a study published in Science. "We had complete access to the software; we were even able to get their recommendations on how to conduct censorship on our own site in compliance with government standards."
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Researchers Made a Fake Social Network to Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

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