China’s content controls show no signs of slowing anytime soon. At the turn of the new year, social network and gaming behemoth Tencent posted a notice (in Chinese) to hire 200 content “patrollers”, who will filter content that are illegal and deemed “inappropriate” by the authority across the firm’s multiple open content platforms, including news portal Tencent News, news aggregator app Tiantian Kuaibao, messaging giants WeChat and QQ, and video streaming service Tencent Video.

The new recruits—whom Tencent calls the “Penguin Patrol Unit” referring to the firm’s lovable mascot—will consist of 10 veteran journalists, 70 experienced writers from Tencent’s content platforms, and 120 netizens with adequate knowledge on cybersecurity.

Jinri Toutiao, a fast growing personalized news aggregator and an arch-rival to Tiantian Kuaibao, also put up a notice this week to recruit content review editors, preferably members of the Communist Party. Many college students and low-skilled workers have been taking up these content auditing jobs—which are dry but provide a flexible work schedule—to make extra yuan. Toutiao reportedly maintains a censor factory of thousands of auditors in Tianjin.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.