Beijing will use IRL cybersecurity police to prevent "spreading of rumors"
Beijing will insert cybersecurity police units in the offices of major internet companies and web sites to help prevent crimes like fraud and "spreading of rumors," according to China's official state news service Xinhua. The Chinese government has a history of setting strict guidelines and high levels of censorship, but this hands-on approach is new.
Individual companies were previously responsible for making sure they complied to censorship regulations. Those that didn't comply risked being shut down. Chinese regulators said in January that 133 accounts had been shut down for "distorting history" on WeChat, China's most popular messaging service.
China's censorship program:
The central government of China started its internet censorship program in 1996. The following is a section of the Computer Information Network and Internet Security, Protection, and Management Regulations approved by the State Council:
No unit or individual may use the Internet to create, replicate, retrieve, or transmit the following kinds of information:
Inciting to resist or breaking the Constitution or laws or the implementation of administrative regulations;
Inciting to overthrow the government or the socialist system;
Inciting division of the country, harming national unification;
Inciting hatred or discrimination among nationalities or harming the unity of the nationalities;
Making falsehoods or distorting the truth, spreading rumors, destroying the order of society;
Promoting feudal superstitions, sexually suggestive material, gambling, violence, murder;
Terrorism or inciting others to criminal activity; openly insulting other people or distorting the truth to slander people;
Injuring the reputation of state organizations;
Other activities against the Constitution, laws or administrative regulations.
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