Calgary Herald

Microblog of Chinese fugitive a brief success

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A microblog purportedl­y set up by a longtime Chinese fugitive attracted more than 10,000 followers within hours before it was shut down, state media reported Thursday.

A Sina.com microblog in the name of Lai Changxing, a property investor who is accused of smuggling goods worth billions of dollars into China before he fled in 1999, was set up early Wednesday, the Global Times newspaper reported. “In Vancouver” was the only posting on the Twitter-like microblog before the account — marked with a “V” sign to indicate its user’s identity was authentic — was shut down by noon, the report said. However, within seven hours it had already attracted 13,000 followers, the report said.

The Agence France-Presse saw no trace of the account on the site on Thursday.

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