So it seems the intent of the party to curb online dissent are based on ‘toxic rumours’ and Xinhua has stepped in denouncing the Internet ‘Rumour-mongering’. With more netizens than any nation, China’s internet is a ‘lively forum for public opinion’.
The Guardian UK also weighs in with this report – ’China calls for crackdown on ‘toxic’ internet rumours - Xinhua news agency article is latest state media report warning about danger of harmful information spread via microblogs‘ (August 30, 2011)
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China state media urge crackdown on microblog “rumours”
Source – IB Times, published August 30, 2011
China’s state-run news agency demanded on Tuesday that Internet companies, regulators and police do more to cleanse websites of “toxic rumours”, adding to signs that the ruling Communist Party wants to tame the explosion of freewheeling microblogs.
The Xinhua news agency’s denunciation of Internet “rumour mongering” came after a senior official last week urged Sina Corp and other Chinese companies do more to staunch harmful hearsay among the 200 million or more Chinese who use Twitter-like microblogs to spread information with lightning speed.
China’s Internet, with more registered users than any other nation, is a lively forum for public opinion, said Xinhua. Read the rest of this entry »