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Guangdong Baiyun University’s ‘Students’ Internet and Social Media Information Monitoring’ team has been given responsibility for policing the online activities of all students in the province, Caijing reports.
The group, started in 2010 to monitor Baiyun students, is nicknamed the ‘Internet Red Army’ and is comprised of over 50 student counsellors who monitor students social media accounts. According to Caijing, the group’s primary responsibility is to protect the university’s image and control negative sentiment.
What the hell is wrong with university’s in Guangdong province? If they’re not overrun with snakes, they’re threatening to expel students who have sex or monitoring the stupid crap they post online.
Netizens echoed this sentiment, Offbeat China reports:
Hearing the news, China’s troops of netizens on Weibo were outrageous, calling the participating students “traitors” and equaling them with Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. Many thought it was a shame for a university to openly promote censorship. Netizen 领结叔叔 commented: “Our universities and students are ruined.”
And guess what. “Baiyun Red Army” is now a censored word on Sina Weibo.
Don’t go to university in Guangdong.