Chinese Communist Party Intensifies Online Crackdown

By: Tania Branigan | The Guardian

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumors to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb "wanton defamation" of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.

It came as the Chinese state broadcaster aired video footage of the handcuffed businessman Xue Manzi, also known as Charles Xue, confessing that he had irresponsibly spread rumours because his 12 million microblog followers made him feel like an "emperor".


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