Podcast: What the authoritarian crackdown on social media means for global activism
17 June 2021
Social media has provided state actors with a tool to engage in conflict that that takes the form of digital rhetoric. China’s diplomats – also known as ‘wolf warriors’- have become a symbol of how a state actor can and will use social media to tackle adversaries and critics. Marcel Schliebs, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, is the principal author of a study that looks at China’s public diplomacy operations. The recently released report finds that China plays it tough on social media with statistics to support the conclusions. The numbers are eye watering ….