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Fake news menace: China centralising efforts to stop online rumours

In September 2013, an official "rumor rule" was issued, under which high-profile internet users could face up to seven years in prison for posting unverified information

Oiwan Lam | Global Voices 

A new state-run platform is now centralizing efforts to stop online “rumors” in China. This is a significant step for China, where any piece of information that does not come from official government channels can be considered a rumor.

Since 2012, Chinese authorities have undertaken a series of measures and campaigns to control online speech. Major social media platforms have been forced to implement community rules and reporting systems intended to curb the spread of rumors and false information. In September 2013, an official “rumor rule” was ...

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First Published: Sat, September 01 2018. 15:23 IST
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