Now, normally, an information and training session to teach weibbing (aka writing something on a Chinese microblog) to the members of any major city’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is no big deal. However, for the gathered local Party members at the ‘Weibo as a Platform to Discuss Politics’ event (微博议政平台) in Guangzhou, there was a somewhat awkward underlying subtext to the whole affair: one of their own was recently caught literally with his pants down, unwittingly posting naked pictures of himself that were available for anyone to see on his weibo. The career-ending move apparently came as a result of misunderstanding his weibo’s privacy settings. DOH!
Liu Ning (刘宁), a sub-district office director working in the Baiyun section of Guangzhou, posted screen captures of himself on his weibo that left little to the imagination, even appearing in his birthday suit in several images. Liu apparently thought that no one besides his mistress would be able to see the pictures he weibbed her way. At the very least, Liu can take comfort in the knowledge that his actions didn’t violate any rules or standards for officials.
Caixin Online reports that during the session (which had officials signing up for accounts on the feckless People’s Daily weibo service), attendees ‘laughed lightly’ when Liu was referred to. We’re sure some shifting in seats and looking to the side was also involved on top of that.
Meanwhile, Sina Weibo is attempting to take over the non-Chinese microblogging world, recently announcing that an English language version of their product would be available soon. If it’s good enough for Radiohead and Tom Cruise, then hey, it must be good of for the rest of the internet masses too.
Photos from Caixin Online