The question is simple – do these two terms mean the same thing? I have seen the first one translated as a "netizen" once, but do they principally mean the same thing? Thanks in advance!

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    网民/netizen seems to be very specific to the PRC, and only used in political context, e.g. in an "online protest" the Internet users are "netizens". It's a very idiosyncratic word, and almost exclusively used for Chinese Internet users in the PRC, as if they were a different kind of "species".
    – imrek
    Dec 22, 2016 at 15:55

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We usually use the term 网民 to describe "people who use the internet frequently". The literal translation of 网民 is " web resident"

互联网用户 just means "internet user". If you have access to the internet, even if you check your email once a week, you are still an internet user.

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    Similar to netizen vs net user vs internet user vs web user, these terms are interchangeable.
    – mootmoot
    Dec 22, 2016 at 13:05

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