1,660 Internet Accounts in China Punished for Rumormongering

1,660 Internet Accounts in China Punished for Rumormongering
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The regulator urged internet users to be more alert to online disinformation.

China's internet watchdog has punished 1,660 online accounts for recent rumormongering violations, according to the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission on Wednesday.

Relevant violations included fabricating rumors about emergency events or sensational cases, and making unfounded distortions regarding public policies.

The authority also published several typical cases in this regard.

The office pledged enhanced efforts to monitor relevant violations and serious punishment for the violators. It also warned internet users to be more alert to online disinformation.

In March, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced 9 key areas of the campaign to "clean up" China's internet in 2023. Among them are streamlining independent (unofficial) media publications, fighting manipulation in paid comments, improving the online business environment, eliminating "malicious phenomena" on the Internet, etc. The main tasks of the agency in its work are to respond more actively to the dissatisfaction of the general audience, to solve problematic issues and to develop innovative regulation.

Source: : Xinhua

digital markets  China 

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