China discourages sites from using social media to report the news

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China’s famously strict Internet rules regarding news websites took another odd turn this week: News sites cannot publish stories sourced from social media without official approval

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s official agency tasked with governing Internet affairs, put the new rules in place

“Online media basing news reports on contents made on social media must verify them before publication,” reads the directive published on Xinhua, China’s state-run new outlet

In the report, several of China’s top tier sites are mentioned as having previously run afoul of the agency, including sina.com, ifeng.com and 163.com. A separate report from the South China Morning Post indicates that Tencent’s Qq.com and Caijing.com.cn have also been punished by the country’s Internet agency for posting what it deemed to be “fabricated” news Read more…

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