China has employed over two million people to monitor public opinion online, the state media reports .
The Beijing News says the monitors, described as internet opinion analysts, are on state and commercial payrolls.
China’s hundreds of millions of web users increasingly use microblogs to criticise the state or vent anger.The two million monitors are meant to limit criticism of the ruling Community party .
The “web police” are employed by the government’s propaganda arm, as well as by commercial sites, the Beijing News said.
China’s censorship authorities tightly control online content for fear of political or social unrest that could challenge the Communist party’s grip on power.
China has more than 500 million Internet users, making it the world’s largest online population.
The Chinese government has been criticized for the new level of censorship at the expense of other important things to take care of.
The ranks of online censors outnumber China’s active armed forces, which total 1.5 million, according to the Ministry of National Defense.