Personal Data of Prominent Chinese Posted on Twitter

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A man using the Internet at a cafe in Shanghai.

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HONG KONG — For a few brief hours this week, China had its own answer to WikiLeaks: a mysterious Twitter account that posted the personal information of dozens of the country’s most prominent people, including billionaires and even the architect of the country’s Internet controls.

The account @shenfenzheng — which means “personal identification” in Chinese — was suspended by Twitter on Thursday afternoon, its posts no longer available. Before it was suspended, the account was used to post photographs and screenshots containing personal information, like addresses, national identification…

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