President Obama's Google+ Account Overwhelmed By Chinese Users
Author: Mack Rawden
published: 2012-02-25 17:29:09
President Barack Obama might already be campaigning to win Americansí votes later this year, but apparently, his efforts have recently attracted the attentions of many who canít participate in the upcoming election: the Chinese. Those who regularly follow the Presidentís Google+ account may have noticed a remarkable increase in the number of Chinese language comments on his posts the last two days. Apparently, their presence wasnít an anomaly.
According to the BBC , Chinaís Great Firewall that previously blocked Google+ was altered on February 20th to allow many residents access. Over the next few days, loads made their way to President Obamaís profile, and an informal sit-in was staged to occupy the page in a tongue-and-cheek reference to the recent American protests.
As of press time, the White House hasnít commented on all the Chinese feedback theyíve been getting concerning human rights and other issues, but many Americans have reportedly taken to social media to complain about all the foreign language comments they canít read. Some feel their prevalence has undermined discussion, which is perhaps a fair criticism but probably not a reason to exclude the President from having foreign fans.
More than anything else, this situation is a reminder of how many people there are in China. With almost one billion, four hundred million residents, if even a small percentage of the population gets excited about something, in this case responding to Barack Obama, it can overwhelm comment sections in a hurry.