China increases censorship of internet news portals2015-04-29 10:15 by Daniela
Tags: China, Internet
China's internet regulator has approved new rules for greater local supervision of online news portals. This will give the agency the opportunity to summon representatives of online information portals and ask them questions in case their websites publish false information, pornography or circulated rumors.
The sites that fail to "clean" their content after being summoned would be subject to fines, temporary suspensions or outright closure.
Since Xi Jinping is the President of the country, China's internet censorship regime has been seriously boosted. One example is last year's restriction of political news sent via messaging apps and deletion of thousands of social-networking posts in a "Cleaning the Web" campaign.
Meanwhile, last month the country banned the use of online account names considered "unlawful" or "unsound" including. Among those names are "Putin" and "Obama". The aim is to eliminate information that "seriously damages socialism's core values" or "violates the public interest", said Xu Feng , director of the agency's mobile internet bureau.
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