China to launch new campaign to regulate social media news sites

FILE PHOTO: The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s top internet watchdog will launch a new campaign to crack down on the social media accounts of independent news providers, it said on Thursday.

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will target commercial websites and social media accounts that illegally write and edit news articles, and will republish news articles from non-compliant sources, the CAC said in a statement posted on its website.

It would also deal with clickbait stories, misinformation and other sensational online content, he added.

The CAC said it would also regulate online forums and live conferences, and push media sites to spread more positive energy.

China’s strict online censorship rules have tightened in recent years with new legislation aimed at restricting media outlets, surveillance measures on media sites and ongoing campaigns to remove content deemed objectionable.

In June, the CAC sanctioned several of the country’s major live-streaming and video platforms for broadcasting “tasteless” content, reprimanding women wearing low-cut clothes and men for indecent dancing and use of language. coarse.

Reporting by Pei Li; Editing by Christian Schmollinger