Posts Tagged: War on Rumors

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Yet another Chinese blogger jailed for allegedly spreading rumors on Weibo

Qin Zhihui – or as he's known online, Qin Huohuo – was sentenced today to three years in prison and denied appeal on charges of defamati...

  • April 17, 2014
  • at 1:15 pm
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Sina Weibo punishes or deletes over 100,000 accounts that violated new government rules

Sina Weibo punishes or deletes over 100,000 accounts that violated new government rules

Authorities in China issued new rules this summer in order to tidy up online discourse in the country. These new guidelines are called the S...

  • November 13, 2013
  • at 10:00 pm
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China’s Facebook ban to be removed in Shanghai’s free-trade zone

China will lift its ban on sensitive international websites like Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times within the perimeters of Shanghai...

  • September 24, 2013
  • at 12:00 pm
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Charles Xue’s confession is a disaster for China’s web

Reading the news about Charles Xue’s taped confession over the weekend, it’s hard not to feel disheartened. If you missed it, we...

  • September 17, 2013
  • at 11:00 am
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Chinese social critic and microblogger detained on economic charges

Most Chinese internet users probably wouldn’t recognize the name Dong Rubin, but many know the man by his online handle, bianmin (R...

  • September 13, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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Chinese “black PR” firm controlled hundreds of verified Weibo users, raked in millions

As China’s war on rumors continues, it seems black PR firms — firms that spread rumors and false reports about competitors for c...

  • August 30, 2013
  • at 11:30 am
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Censorship Alert: Two Provinces Suddenly Vanish from Baidu’s Tieba

We spend a lot of time talking about Sina Weibo these days, but Baidu has its own social platform in the BBS-like Baidu Tieba, a massive col...

  • May 11, 2012
  • at 3:36 pm
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China’s Attempt to Banish Online Rumors is as Vague as the War On Terror

The ‘Internet Society of China’ (ISC) has today released a paper entitled Written Proposal on Resisting Internet Rumors that aim...

  • April 9, 2012
  • at 2:20 pm
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WeChat clamps down on political content, bans several outspoken bloggers

An alleged crackdown on WeChat this week led to at least a dozen public accounts being unexpectedly blocked. The accounts, most of which app...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 12:32 pm
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110 people detained in Xinjiang, China for spreading online rumors

After a month-long investigation by Chinese authorities, 110 people were detained in northwest China’s turbulent Xinjiang province for...

  • October 8, 2013
  • at 10:27 pm
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5 ways the Chinese government will try to control the internet in the next year

China’s State Information Office director Lu Wei published an article in the People’s Daily yesterday on the importance of online pu...

  • September 18, 2013
  • at 3:15 pm
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Charles Xue confession on Chinese TV

In extraordinary scenes, outspoken blogger apologizes on Chinese state TV

Chinese authorities have recently been clamping down on some of the nation’s outspoken celebrity bloggers and Sina Weibo users, trying to ...

  • September 16, 2013
  • at 2:49 pm
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In China, tweeting rumors can now land you three years in jail…or worse

The latest barrage from the government in China’s ongoing war on rumors came yesterday, when China’s Supreme Court announced in ...

  • September 10, 2013
  • at 12:46 am
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China’s crackdown on rumors is making speech impossible

It should be fairly clear to everyone that China’s government is taking its crackdown on internet rumors quite seriously. Even talk on...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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Rumor: Baidu and Other Search Engines Will Have to Stop Indexing Weibo Content

Chinese web researcher Hu Yanping has indicated there are rumors that authorities will ban Chinese search engines such as Baidu from indexin...

  • April 23, 2012
  • at 3:45 pm
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