Hashtags related to the Shandong identity fraud cases, Gou’s experience and that of another former student Chen Chunxiu have racked up almost one billion views on Weibo.
While some accused Gou of exaggerating her claims, most were critical of the imposters and the government’s handling of the issue.
Gou, who reportedly works for an online children’s clothing brand, did not respond to AFP’s request for comment.
“Justice served late is not justice. If it hadn’t been for Weibo, would (officials) still have bothered to investigate?” said one post.
Chen, who also comes from a rural family, scored poorly in the 2004 exam after her identity was stolen by a classmate with family connections to the local government, according to the results of the Shandong probe that began in 2018.
She also became a migrant worker, while the other student studied at Shandong University of Technology and got a job as a local government auditor.
The imposter, another woman surnamed Chen, has been sacked from her position.
Chinese lawmakers are now debating criminalizing gaokao identity theft.
And the education ministry pledged Thursday to investigate future cases of gaokao fraud and disqualify offenders from enrolling in higher education.