China's Premier Amasses Friends on Facebook

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A government known for restricting the Internet now has friends on Facebook. Since the page went up right after the earthquake, China's Premier Wen Jiabao has collected 14,000 supporters — that's what Facebook calls friends of politicians.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A government known for restricting the Internet now has friends on Facebook. A page went up for China's Premier Wen Jiabao, right after the earthquake. As of this morning, he's collected 14,000 supporters. That's what Facebook calls friends of politicians.

His friendly supporters are mostly writing in to hail his quick and personal response to China's disaster. Gushes one: A model premier for the world. This is MORNING EDITION.

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