China Cracks Down on Social Media with Threat of Jail for ‘Online Rumors’

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By: Jonathan Kaiman | The Guardian

China has unveiled tough measures to stop the spread of what the government calls irresponsible rumors, threatening offenders with three years in jail if untrue posts online are widely reposted, drawing an angry response from Chinese internet users.

China is in the middle of yet another crackdown on what it terms “online rumours”, as the government tries to rein in social media, increasingly used by Chinese people to discuss politics, despite stringent censorship.

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