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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) by khallow on Wednesday June 22, @03:31AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 22, @03:31AM (#1255207) Journal

    I don't understand what you clumsy guys are trying to defend here in this discussion.

    You live much worse and unsafe than Chinese. Both America and Europe have much more restrictive data suppression and socnet posting policies than China ever had.

    Looks like a really good reason you don't understand - assuming you are telling any sort of truth here. Just look at the subject of this story - China stepping up its censorship of online comments to where it's mandating a preview of every comment made. US and most of Europe aren't doing that. For a glaring example, your post came from somewhere in central Europe to a US-based platform. Nobody previewed it. Nobody censored it. Nobody punished you for it.

    Another example: pollution from China is so bad, it's making pollution in downwind US cities significantly worse [weather.com]. There's similar research for US-originating plumes of pollution and in comparison, they're hard to detect [folk.nilu.no].

    You can tell us how unlucky we are not to live in a thugocracy paradise like China, but no army of censors forces us to take you seriously.