Inspired by Indian site ipaidabribe.com, eight similar bribery whistle-blowing sites launched in China in just one weekend in June. Instantly popular with users—one site received 60,000 hits in its first two days, 200,000 in its two-week lifespan—the sites were not welcomed universally. Zhu Lijia, an anti-corruption expert with the Chinese Academy of Governance stated "We already have regulated channels for tipsters to report corrupt officials to relevant authorities" and argued that such sites might violate privacy and damage reputations.
However, the webmasters behind the sites argued that users don't name names but instead wanted to use the sites to encourage law enforcement bodies to launch investigations.
Despite this, the sites have now been taken down with one webmaster, Chen Hong, saying he removed his site because he was worried he was risking trouble with the authorities and claimed access to the sites within China had been blocked.