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China to curb spread of online rumors

04-10-2012 08:20 BJT

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China’s Internet Association has announced a proposal to curb the spread of on-line rumours after an incident last month. The move followS temporary restrictions that were placed on micro-blog services and the arrest of several individuals who are accused of spreading rumors of an attempted coup in Beijing in March.

This is what the spread of on-line rumors leads to. "I heard salt prices are going up, so I bought ten bags."

At this Lanzhou supermarket, thousands of bags of salt were bought up within 40 minutes, despite no signs of a rise in salt prices.

Shi Xiansheng, vice secretary general of China Internet Association, said, “Some on-line rumors are very close to public life, such as rising prices, food security and nature disasters. These rumors touch people’s lives."

China’s Internet Association has published a proposal to curb the spread of on-line rumors. The move follows a temporary shut-down of posting comments on China’s popular micro-blogging service Weibo, after rumors spread last month of an attempted coup in Beijing.

Shi Xiansheng said, "The Internet brings people convenience and changes the way of working and living, it’s very influential. However, it can also disturb people’s lives and be harmful to society when it serves as a platform to spread rumors. So we need to have some regulations to curb online rumors. "

According to the Association, Weibo has more than 800 million users. Experts say the large user base provides channels and opportunities to spread rumors widely and rapidly.

Mr. Shi believes that microblogging companies should take responsibility in preventing the spread of on-line rumors.

Shi Xiansheng said, “Website companies, especially big ones, should promote spreading positive information and culture and delete rumors in time." He also pointed out that the proposal aims to remind internet users to distinguish rumors from facts.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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