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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, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @08:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @08:03PM (#1255032)

    In its final incarnation, you will need a personalized account with the social media site, and your account will be tied to your social credit (which will also be visible, for shaming purposes and of course to ensure that people don't want to associate with you). And it will be a communist corporate utopia, censorship will be totally absent, because people already self-censor the living shit out of everything they say because they fear for their social credit.

    As a neat side effect, you get to find all the "incorrigible deviants" who'd still dare to defy the party line, for free.

    FTFY

    Let's not confuse left wing authoritarianism and right wing authoritarianism again, shalln't we? We all need the little shitstains to do the busywork. 'K thanks.

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