"How are these regulations really going to be interpreted?" Bishop said. "People are going to feel like, 'Why bother now?' It now raises the cost, and there's not a lot of upside for most people."
Qiu Yun, a Beijing resident and Sina Weibo user, said she felt helpless and disappointed by the new regulations. "Weibo is our only window to find out the truth. From Weibo we can see things that the news broadcasts don't have and understand more about real events occurring," she said in an interview.
"Although there is fake information on the services, you can't give up eating for fear of choking," she added. "Why did they have to create these regulations? This is nothing more than the authorities in fear over the power of Weibo."
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