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Olympic social media controversy hits China

When you embrace social media as much as the London Games have, you’ve got to accept that there’ll be the odd disaster here and there. Even the most pessimistic organiser wouldn’t have predicted the number of disasters there have been so far.

The latest incident saw former Google China chief and web celebrity Kai-Fu Lee sharing the personal details of Team USA swimming coach John Leonard to his 15-million Sina Weibo followers.

Lee apparently shared the coach’s details after Leonard called 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen’s record-breaking performance in the 400 metre individual medley “impossible”.

Lee initially defended his actions, saying that the information was in the in the public record. The post has subsequently been deleted but, according to The Next Web, only after it was reposted 14 000 times and received around 4 800 comments.

Lee has issued a statement to Pando Daily apologising for his actions.

This morning, I read John Leonard’s unfair accusations about Ye Shiwen and felt outraged. So I found his public contact information, and sent him an email message asking him to apologize. Then, I wrote a Weibo post, asking other netizens to send fact-based and civilized emails to him as well. I also attached his other contact information in this post.

I apologize for the inappropriateness of my actions, and any inconveniences this may have caused John. At the same time, I sincerely hope that John would also consider an apology to Ye Shiwen.

People have been critical of Lee’s action, with independent analyst Bill Bishop, calling them appalling:

Twitter user Ryan Ferguson noted that he’d seen death threats against Leonard in some of the comments on Lee’s Weibo post:

This is, of course, not the first time that posting someone’s personal details on a social network has caused a headache at this year’s games. Earlier this week, UK journalist Guy Adams was briefly suspended from Twitter after posting the email address of an executive at US broadcaster NBC.

The social network later overturned the ban, apologising for its actions, but drew criticism for proactively informing NBC about the Tweet.

Sina Weibo image: Tech in Asia

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More
  • PeterCaoMing

    Kaifu Lee, is not a Chinese citizen, but has U.S. citizenship. I believe Kaifu Lee’s overzealous action over John Leonard’s case was not authorizated either from Chinese Olympics Team nor from Ms Ye Shiwen herself. I believe Kaifu Lee is taking advantage of both a Chinese Olympics Hero Ms Ye Shiwen and Mr. John Leonard, to make a grandstanding fuss for his personal interest, in order to get attention and sympathy from the public in preparation for his attemption to return to Google China
    Kaifu Lee used to betray his former employers of both Microsoft and Google, and he had even ensued legal battle when he suddenly left Microsoft for Google in 2005. Again Kaifu Lee suddenly abandoned his former employer Google China when he started his own business in 2009, soon after he could take away all the Google stock. A really treachery type.
    Kaifu Lee had placed himself above the average Chinese people and he had been routinely offending dignity of Chinese people; And Kaifu Lee had left an image of immoral villian to Chinese society when he mobbed his weibo followers to attack innocent Chinese citizens over and over; his morality and credibility are seriously questioned by Chinese people over times; all of which make it really hard to say — “Kaifu Lee has been a great bridge between China and the US”
    What’s more, Kaifu Lee had invovled into a series of fascism crimes which related to Stanford student May Zhou’s death and retaliations on victims, and that case had not been clarified so far.

  • PeterCaoMing

    — Kaifu Lee is an outdated figure. He is not a scholar, nor an honest businessman, but an money-driven opportunitiest. He had for personal interest betrayed Microsoft and Google, and his morality and credibility are seriously questioned by Chinese society. Kaifu Lee had placed himself above the average Chinese people and he had been routinely offending dignity of Chinese people, and his relation with Chinese government had been deteriorated during the past several years.
    What’s more, he had invovled himself into and tried to get benefit from the retaliation action on victims out of a series of fascism crimes, which had been related to Stanford student May Zhou’s death, and to an unsuccessful plotted murder on me from those fascists including Kaifu Lee’s EX-Google boss Eric Schmidt
    -Kaifu Lee would be a curse, but not a plus to Google’s business in China

  • PeterCaoMing

    Kaifu Lee had collateralled with some fascism criminals, including his EX-Google boss Eric Schmidt, to apply retaliation actions on victims in a series of fascism crimes. And those fascists had involved into the killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou, as well as into an unsuccessful plotted murder on me. Kaifu Lee is a member of Eric Schmidt’s fascism circle and he is actually a fascist at present. And the fascism crims Eric Schmidt involved into was intentionally made shady by certain malicious officers in the judicial system who abused their judicial power to prevent clairification of such murder case, in order to cover up those fascism criminals and further victimize victims. What a fascism circle !

  • PeterCaoMing

    Here is the fascism criminal case which got Kaifu Lee invovled:
    Eric Schmidt had lost his credibility when he got invovled into fascism crimes which had endangered
    human lives
    There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives, Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in this fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them
    Eric, as we can see, starting from Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity case on Stanford campus back in 2004, many people, including Gabriele Scheler, Sebastian Thrun, you Eric Schmidt, and also your collegue in China Kaifu Lee, had made contributions to such fascism crimes which had cost human life of Stanford student May Zhou and crimes which had retaliated on victims and almost cost life of the victim as I am
    … … and someone who had provided legal coverage for your fascism crimes, including a powerful officer from Santa Clara DA Office, namely ZZZ (and after ZZZ, another officer YYY), and the officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case and who had further collateralled with your side(suspect Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side) to conspire and curse victims( Stanford, May Zhou, me) in every possible way since 2006 till today; and maybe include the officer RRR who insist on May Zhou’s death as a suicide or accident, even though I had clearly pointed out who’s involved in May Zhou’s murder case …
    … … and someone who could provide political support for your fascism crimes, including top politician from the country of Germany whom we all know, and maybe include a retired top politician from UK as well, etc. and more and more to find out later …
    I believe, though some names missed out, all names mentioned in the above comment are part of this fascism circle

  • PeterCaoMing

    The problem with Gabriele Scheler’s case is that Gabriele Scheler’s side had recanted their testimony after Stanford police investigation in 2004; there are certain malicious officers in the judicial system (e.g. ZZZ mentioned above) who chose to stand on this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s side and collateralled with Scheler to conspire victims(e.g. Stanford, May Zhou, me) in order to cover up their crimes while applying retaliation on victims, but Scheler’s side dare never show me any of their evidence nor testimony (mine were post on the web) which they used to molest victims for years, and most of all, such malicious officers do not want to see this case from being clarified
    But without clarification of this case, more and more retaliatory crimes were committed from Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side, which is highlighted by the killing of this innocent Stanford student May Zhou and an unsuccessful plotted murder on me, and I bet more would come if this case remain unclarified as it is now
    So the point at this time is, who is this officer, namely VVV, in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s accusation of sexual assault? and who had underhandedly made up numerous accustaions against me at authorities trying to intimidate me from clarifying such fascism criminal cases, and to terrorize others from giving me protections

  • PeterCaoMing

    This is the case which lead to Eric Schmidt’s invovlement into a series of fascism crimes:
    One photo would tell it all, there are seven photo evidence which documented how cruel this irrational lady was when she assaulted me on Stanford campus in 2004
    [Stanford Police Case Number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler]
    Such simple but serious campus atrocity crime was covered up by certain malicious officers. How could this happen? Who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case? On what basis would certain officers rule against me in favor of this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler in light of such clear evidence of Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity on my body?

  • PeterCaoMing

    On 2012/02/21 StanfordDaily article “virtual-learning” [http://www.stanforddaily.com/2012/02/21/virtual-learning/] in Comments part regarding to a murder case about a Stanford student May Zhou with which Eric Schmidt had threatened my life for sake of a stanford professor Sebastian Thrun and a criminal suspect named Gabriele Scheler during their fight with Stanford:
    About your ARROGANT question “If you think you have evidence (and i mean physical evidence) to the contrary why do you not take it to the police, or at least post what evidence you have (and I mean PHYSICAL evidence like fibres, DNA, fingerprints and the like).”
    I am not physically in America, so I’d rather communicate with the police officer who’s respnosible for May Zhou’s case via email to tell serious stuff, my contact [peter_vista@yahoo.com] , or we could discuss it right here on this board. Before the officer who’s responsible would contact me for a serious discussion, how could you know there is no such PHYSICAL evidence to say May Zhou’s death is definitely a murder but not a suicide? As a matter of fact, such PHYSICAL evidence already exists and that’s what I am going to tell
    The point at this time is, who is this officer who’s respnosible for May Zhou’s case, whom I should talk to? Could you have me connect with this officer? I have serious stuff to report
    Meanwhile, why don’t you help us to figure out what’s the motivation behind May Zhou’s death

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