China has over 170,000 government microblogs

Beijing, March 27 (IANS) China had more than 170,000 government microblogs by the end of last year, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The annual report by the E-Government Research Centre under the China Academy of Governance said the country had 176,714 government microblog accounts as of Dec 20, 2012, an increase of almost 2.5 times from the previous year, reports Xinhua.
A total of 113,382 of these accounts were run by Communist Party of China committees, legislatures, governments, political advisors, party watchdogs and judicial and prosecutorial agencies.
The remaining 63,332 were kept by officials and staff members of such agencies, the report said.