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posted by janrinok on Tuesday June 21, @01:31PM   Printer-friendly

Now China wants to censor online comments:

The new changes affect Provisions on the Management of Internet Post Comments Services, a regulation that first came into effect in 2017. Five years later, the Cyberspace Administration wants to bring it up to date.

"The proposed revisions primarily update the current version of the comment rules to bring them into line with the language and policies of more recent authority, such as new laws on the protection of personal information, data security, and general content regulations," says Jeremy Daum, a senior fellow at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center.

[...] But recently, there have been several awkward cases where comments under government Weibo accounts went rogue, pointing out government lies or rejecting the official narrative. That could be what has prompted the regulator's proposed update.

Chinese social platforms are currently on the front lines of censorship work, often actively removing posts before the government and other users can even see them. ByteDance famously employs thousands of content reviewers, who make up the largest number of employees at the company. Other companies outsource the task to "censorship-for-hire" firms, including one owned by China's party mouthpiece People's Daily. The platforms are frequently punished for letting things slip.

Beijing is constantly refining its social media control, mending loopholes and introducing new restrictions. But the vagueness of the latest revisions makes people worry that the government may ignore practical challenges. [...] The tricky question is, no one knows if the government intends to enforce this immediately.


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @02:39PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @02:39PM (#1254898)

    The govt openly asked the big social media companies to stop "misinformation." Get it? "Asked"?

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by khallow on Tuesday June 21, @02:42PM (3 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 21, @02:42PM (#1254900) Journal
    That was sad for a whataboutism.
    • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @03:01PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @03:01PM (#1254909)

      China censoring online comments is the biggest non-news event ever, so any whataboutism is appropriate.

      https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/ca-big-tech-biden-censorship-judicial-watch [foxbusiness.com]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @05:48PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @05:48PM (#1254958)

      I see you didn't deny that it is true.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Wednesday June 22, @12:39AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 22, @12:39AM (#1255146) Journal
        Indeed. What's sad here is that it doesn't matter whether the claim is true or false.
  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @03:50PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @03:50PM (#1254932)

    The only ones repeatadly and relentlessly complaining about the US trying to "censor" misinformation are shills and astroturfers like you continuously trying to push said misinformation and, unsurprisingly, always posting anonymously or using a number of fake accounts.

    In other words: Shitty people, doing and saying shitty things, are pissed that decent human beings are sick of them and won't tolerate them anymore.

    Cry me a fucking river, assholes.

    • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @04:06PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @04:06PM (#1254935)

      Government agents compiling lists of content for social media companies to censor is kinda sus, dude. The useful idiots excusing it are just sad.