Hacked Emails Reveal China’s Elaborate and Absurd Internet Propaganda Machine - Quartz

Trolls on the government payroll

China’s netizens are well aware that the government pays commenters to make favorable remarks on Internet forums about the Party and its leaders. Allegedly, the propagandists are paid half a yuan (5 mao or 50 cents, in American terms) per comment, so collectively they are known as the “50-Centy …