Replication data for: Why Does China Allow Freer Social Media? Protests versus Surveillance and Propaganda

Yanhui Wu, David Strömberg & Bei Qin
In this paper, we document basic facts regarding public debates about controversial political issues on Chinese social media. Our documentation is based on a dataset of 13.2 billion blog posts published on Sina Weibo--the most prominent Chinese microblogging platform--during the 2009-2013 period. Our primary finding is that a shockingly large number of posts on highly sensitive topics were published and circulated on social media. For instance, we find millions of posts discussing protests, and these...
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