Spammers, please help the Chinese government out…
Reuters reports that the Chinese government has issued some new rules about how the news can be reported on the Internet (link via Drudge): China set new regulations on Internet news content on Sunday, widening a campaign of controls it has imposed on other Web sites, such as discussion groups. “The state bans the spreading ...
China set new regulations on Internet news content on Sunday, widening a campaign of controls it has imposed on other Web sites, such as discussion groups. “The state bans the spreading of any news with content that is against national security and public interest,” the official Xinhua news agency said in announcing the new rules, which took effect immediately. The news agency did not detail the rules, but said Internet news sites must “be directed toward serving the people and socialism and insist on correct guidance of public opinion for maintaining national and public interests.”
Another Xinhua report has this priceless tidbit:
Online news sites that publish stories containing fabricated information, pornography, gambling or violence are facing severe punishments or even shutdown. These new measures were part of a new regulation on online news services, jointly introduced yesterday by the State Council Information Office and the Ministry of Information Industry. “We need to better regulate the online news services with the emergence of so many unhealthy news stories that will easily mislead the public,” said a spokesman with the information office at a press conference yesterday. Services that provide online news stories, that have bulletin board systems (BBS) or have the function of sending short messages containing news contents to individual mobile phones are all subject to the regulation…. The public will help information departments at all levels supervise news sites. Anyone who finds unhealthy online stories can visit http://net.china.cn and report.
Isn’t this sort of request exactly the kind of useful activity that spammers could engage in instead of bothering me?
Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Twitter: @dandrezner
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