March 31, 2012

China cracks Whip on Social Media Websites

In an attempt to stop rumours on the internet, Chinese government has ordered the closure of the social media websites and detention of people involved in fabricating and disseminating online rumours.

At least six persons have been detained so far and 16 social media sites including and were closed for allegedly disseminating fabricated reports.

The State Internet Information Office (SIIO) and Beijing police said that the websites were shut down for spreading rumours of military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing, which reports were fabricated by some people.

The rumours have put a very influence on people. The state-run Xinhua news agency said that people, who were involved in spreading rumours on the internet, were admonished and educated.

Action has been taken against the websites including two popular social networking sites and, on which such reports were posted and shared by users.

The run by Tencent, has been suspended from March 31 to April 3 delete the posts and other illegal information shared by the micro-bloggers. Similarly, the run by Sina announced that the services would be suspended during the same period.

The police in a statement have urged the online users to follow the state laws and be vigilant against online rumours threatening the accused will be punished as per the law.

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