net·​i·​zen | \ ˈne-tə-zən also -sən How to pronounce netizen (audio) \

Definition of netizen

: an active participant in the online community of the Internet

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the dismaying rudeness that so many netizens exhibit while online

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But some Chinese netizens circulated videos on sites out of Chinese censors’ reach, including Twitter and Facebook, using virtual private networks. Robyn Dixon,, "First Hong Kong protested. Now it’s Wuhan, China. What makes it Beijing’s latest headache?," 5 July 2019 According to friends of mine who assisted in the process, teams of netizens, none knowing each other personally, collaborated online and worked frantically to arrange the layout, text and placement of the advertisements. Kevin Yam, Quartz, "Why Hong Kong’s protests prove it deserves to be a global financial hub," 10 July 2019 That’s giving rise to a new class of netizens, who are organizing behind causes and social movements in a manner not seen since the Cuban revolution. Washington Post, "Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes," 8 July 2019 The Communist Party tabloid Global Times reported online that Chinese netizens are urging Apple to follow the one-China principle. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s Challenge: Win Over China With Pricey New iPhones," 13 Sep. 2018 In this regard, the opinions of netizens are different. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "China Eastern Airlines flight attendant reportedly fired after accepting mid-flight marriage proposal," 15 Sep. 2018 Yet in terms of language, including what the state allows Chinese netizens to say online, a shift has occurred. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 In recent days, Chinese netizens have highlighted a curious discrepancy in official industrial-profits data. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Fixing Chinese Profits Is Easy—Just Fix the Data," 5 July 2018 Although the internet in China is heavily censored and blocked, determined and clever netizens can always come up with ingenious ways to criticize the government and its representatives. Victor H. Mair, Newsweek, "China's War on Words Show Xi Jinping Is A Dictator For Life," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of netizen

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for netizen

blend of net and citizen

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English Language Learners Definition of netizen

: a person who actively uses the Internet especially in a proper and responsible way

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