They are the visible face of China’s Internet police force – estimates put the number of Internet officers patrolling the Chinese web at 30’000. The two characters even have separate websites: one for Jingjing and one for Chacha. One can even chat with the characters. The municipality of Beijing has implemented a similar scheme in 2007. In the latter version, the characters appear every half hour on 13 of China’s top web portals.
The idea behind the “patrol” is to remind netizens that the Internet is not a place beyond law, something that applies to all countries. News are that China has already been exporting its skills to Bangladesh! Care to join the force?