Jingjing Ma
Jun 18, 2019

China shuts down app blamed for generating 100 million reposts for Cai Xukun

A number equal to a third of China's 314 million Weibo users supposedly shared a single post by 'Little Fresh Meat' Cai Xukun, which is odd as the celebrity only has 25 million followers.

Cai Xukun

Authorities in Beijing have shut down an app suspected of artificially promoting a pop idol’s online clout by faking likes and shares, sending a warning about the credibility of China’s massive fan economy fueled by digital influencers.

Xingyuan which translates into “celebrity helper” in English, the app behind pop star Cai Xunkun’s remarkable 100 million reposts, was shut down in a recent internet “clean-up” campaign, and a principle, coincidentally also surnamed Cai, was...

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