China’s strict censorship laws when it comes to the internet are well-known. In April However this week, their strict internet rules became even stricter: news sites are not allowed to publish stories sourced from social media without official approval.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)’s mission is to censor online information, which involves blocking websites. The CAC has judged certain articles to be false information spread through social media platforms.
“It is forbidden to use hearsay to create news or use conjecture and imagination to distort the facts,” the administration said.
In their agency announcement on Sunday they said that websites that published unverified content found from social media would be punished.
The report said that popular Chinese news portals such as Sina.com, Qq.com, Caijing.com.cn, and 163.com were punished and were given a warning for fabricating the news.
Officials say that these internet restrictions are to prevent rising threats and the spread of damaging rumors.