China Shuts Down 1660 Sites For So Called ‘Rumourmongering’

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

The authority said the crimes includes for fabricating rumors about emergency events or sensational cases, and making unfounded distortions regarding public policies.

In a statement on its own site, the office said it pledged to enhance efforts to monitor relevant violations and serious punishment for the violators. It also warned internet users to be more alert to online disinformation

China has one of the most strictest regulations when it comes to dissent, authorities have been known to clamp down on individuals or groups who talk bad about the government or its leaders.

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