China has more than 1.3 billion microblog accounts at the end of November, making the internet platform a major channel for disseminating information, the official Xinhua news agency reported Thursday, citing data from the State Internet Information Office. About 37,000 such accounts were opened by media institutions via popular websites like Weibo.com and T.qq.com, Liu Zhengrong, a senior official with the state office, was quoted as saying. Authorities have also tapped into the popular medium to disclose information, communicate with the public and provide various services. More than 170,000 government microblogs had been opened by the end of 2012, an increase of almost 2.5 times from the previous year, the report said.
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