China cracks down on internet rumors, makes arrests

The Chinese government is taking the motto "don't believe everything you see on the internet" one step further by going to the source: rumor-mongers and online bloggers who spread gossip and misleading rumors online.

According to AFP, China has cracked down in massive scale on the websites and bloggers who spread these rumors, and detained or warned 85 people for publishing them online. Additionally, 16 separate websites were punished for "weak safety management" in connection with the crackdown. The rumors cited as justification for the crackdown include false predictions of an earthquake, and reports of violence and gunshots heard in Beijing. 

China has a storied history with technology, and its crackdown on online bloggers is the latest in a long line of what many refer to as "free speech violations." Microsoft's offices in China have been repeatedly raided over the past several months, and the country even blocked Google services including Gmail and searches in anticipation of the 25th Tiananmen Square protests anniversary.

Still, a crackdown on online bloggers may be the most drastic action taken by China yet -- mirroring similar behavior seen by Russia, and even reportedly using the spread of rumors as an excuse to detain those critical of the Communist Party.

While Chinese tech rumor-mills may not be targeted, as the government seems to only care about cracking down on rumors which could reflect poorly on themselves, these actions are still bad news for the numerous bloggers throughout China who may stop blogging or reporting rumors for fear of prosecution and lengthy jail sentences. 

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China needs to learn to get different media outlets. They still have the communistic fear of dissidents. Just let them do their thing and sponsor the official media well with interviews, projects and connections. They will lick your heels without question, because of fear that some other media corporation will get all the interviews, money and connections instead. Only very few people will question their competence and truthfulness, even if its very obvious that they lie or dont mention many important things. Works like that perfectly in the west. Not even the Internet can penetrate that wall of corruption.

because the "democracy" is the way to go - everyone can talk cr4p and get away with it it, because "hey, its the internet!" or "hey, i was just kidding..."

Cracking down on internet rumours? I heard they're doing that because the Chinese government are all Lizard people from space, and run an illegal poker club in the parliament basement.

Someone needs to crack down on all the BS that gets spread around. I kind of like how facebook now puts related links under people's posts, normally to snopes.com

They should do this to doomsday prophets who get big bucks every time and they don't pay it back when they are proven wrong.

Pluto is a Planet said,
The people who believe those doomsday prophets deserve for their money to be taken away, otherwise how are they going to learn if they get it back?

But they make some people very very rich.

Remember that Christian preacher back in 2010/11 who told everyone that the world was going to end? Well I happened to go to 7/11 the day before the "doomsday" and the line for people buying lottery tickets was insane...I have never ever seen that 7/11 that busy, or even remotely close to being that busy.

-Razorfold said,

But they make some people very very rich.

Remember that Christian preacher back in 2010/11 who told everyone that the world was going to end? Well I happened to go to 7/11 the day before the "doomsday" and the line for people buying lottery tickets was insane...I have never ever seen that 7/11 that busy, or even remotely close to being that busy.

Why would people buy lottery tickets the day before doomsday?

Pluto is a Planet said,
The people who believe those doomsday prophets deserve for their money to be taken away, otherwise how are they going to learn if they get it back?

It's not morally sound to scam gullible and stupid people. It should be outright illegal.

Radium said,

It's not morally sound to scam gullible and stupid people. It should be outright illegal.
How is it a scam if it's outright outlandish lol? And there have been plenty of stories of this happening; if people haven't learned from them, then it's their fault for believing another story about the world's end might just be true.

Please. If you really think FNC is really any different from CNN or any of the other so called cable "news" outfits, you are drinking too much of the koolaid they are pushing on you.
Or maybe, it's Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator. Put it down, mmkay?

When you have only one group of people controlling an entire country, which isn't much different from a dictatorship, these things come naturally.
They must always look good. There are no crimes and the whole country is prosperous.

I've lived in a similar country; I know.

Oh, you mean like those the USA caused Tsunami's and USA caused major earth quakes with their Earth Controlling device that the NSA created rumors right?.....

Does this mean no more iPhone rumors? Or are they just talking about bloggers that say China stinks, because we already know that.

From what i can read it's about people who report false rumors about dangerous threats like incoming earthquakes or gunshots etc.