Former Google China exec and tech giant Kai-Fu Lee sat down recently with Techonomy founder and Forbes contributor David Kirkpatrick to answer questions about everyone’s favorite heavily monitored micro-blogging platform — Weibo.
Aside from Kirkpatrick’s astonishment at Lee’s 30 million followers (it’s almost as if China has a huge population or something!) and his insistence on talking about Weibo’s censorship as if it’s not common knowledge, he does eventually ask some questions that touch on the basic premises of why Weibo is such a game changer in China.
Despite Kirkpatrick’s boring questions, Lee churns out some good answers: Lee points out the importance in not needing a computer or a smart phone to have a Weibo account, which means it’s quite easy for any of the 800 million low-tech mobile phone users in China to have access to the country’s
biggest rumor mill most important and transparent source of news.
Furthermore, Lee brings up the entry of various government entities into the Weibo-sphere, and how that has served as a reluctant approval of the Weibo-way-of-life.
This is apparently the first of several videos, so we look forward to some better questions and even better answers from Kai-Fu Lee.
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