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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, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @02:51PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @02:51PM (#1254905)

    > Either they have social media or they enforce that particular regulation.

    Third possibility? Chinese develop slang with hidden meaning, see for example many blues song lyrics like this one I love from Dinah Washington, TV Is The Thing This Year, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xiRp9UntPs [youtube.com]

    If you want to have fun come home with me
    You can stay all night and play with my TV
    TV is the thing this year, this year
    TV is the thing this year
    Radio was great, now it's out of date
    TV is the thing this year
    Last night I was watching old Tom Nix
    My TV broke, I was in a fix
    I Got on the phone, and called my man,
    Said get here daddy as fast as you can
    TV is the thing this year, oh
    TV is the thing this year,
    Radio was great, but now it's out of date
    And TV is the thing this year
    Now he turned my dial to channel one
    I knew that this was gonna be fun
    He turned my dial to channel two
    That station thrilled me through and through
    He moved one notch to channel three
    I said oh how I love what you're doin' to me
    He said, wait a minute, let's try channel four
    Just about that time someone knocked on the door
    TV is the thing this year, oh yes
    TV is the thing this year,
    Radio was great, now it's out of date
    TV is the thing this year
    The way he eased into channel five
    That man must of had fluid drive
    He moved once more to channel six
    Then he opened up his bag of tricks
    On channel seven the show was late
    But we got our kicks on channel eight
    He turned my dial to channel nine
    Said Baby, your set is workin' fine
    He moved on up to channel ten
    Then we started all over again
    He finally hit channel eleven
    I cried mama, he treats your daughter so good!
    TV is the thing this year, yes
    TV is the thing this year
    Yes radio was great, but now it's out of date
    TV is the thing this year

    Baby my set will need fixin' just about this time every night!

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday June 21, @05:05PM

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Tuesday June 21, @05:05PM (#1254949) Homepage
    Many? More like all! But yup, there's no way you can prevent the subvertives from expressing themselves - whatever rules you put in place, they'll just subvert.
    We all know now easy it is to censor irony, for example.
    --
    Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people; the smallest discuss themselves
  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday June 21, @08:43PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday June 21, @08:43PM (#1255049) Journal

    U n0 sp34k 1337?

  • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Wednesday June 22, @02:49AM

    by Opportunist (5545) on Wednesday June 22, @02:49AM (#1255189)

    So much more wholesome than the music today, all they sing about today is sex, sex, sex.