The wages for Chinese state-sponsored online commentators have appeared to have dropped from 50 yuan cents (US$ 0.07) per post to 20 yuan cents amid economic challenges.
Chinese trolls are often said to be paid by the government to spread propaganda. Their standard pay is believed to be 50 yuan cents per post and hence their name of “Wumao Dang”, or “50 Cent Party.”
However, they may struggle to keep their name as their pay has apparently dropped. According to an online advertisement looking for people to write “commentaries,” successful applicants would be paid 20 yuan cents for a 20-word piece and 30 yuan cents for a 40-word one.
Candidates should be good at “assuming different identities, commenting from various angles and writing in a diverse range of styles,” it said. This came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on authorities to watch their expenses amid the ongoing trade war and coronavirus pandemic.