Chinese internet giant Weibo Corp has announced a giveaway on its social media platform for users who can report the highest numbers of offensive posts. In a bid to entice its users to weed out unwholesome contents on its website, Weibo put iPhones and tablets at stake.
Weibo on Wednesday issued a statement calling for responsible netizens to report users on the social media who are propagating sensitive posts. The company is looking for an initial 1,000 "Weibo supervisors" as part of the endeavour and will be supervised by the country's top internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).
Reuters reports CAC fined Weibo and other tech giants in the country like Baidu Inc and Tencent Holdings Ltd for failing to implement right censorship of illicit contents of their sites which include violence, nudity, fakes news as well social commentary and political articles.
China's social media crackdown continues as it approaches the 19th National Congress in October where President Xi Jinping consolidates power once every five years.
To qualify for Weibo's censorship program, one has to flag more than 200 posts each month to get a stipend of 200 yuan (around US$30). The top 10 Weibo supervisors with the most number of flagged posts will be rewarded with prizes, including Apple iPhones and tablets.