The Chinese regime has further tightened its grip on social media activities by issuing new rules to restrict posting contents that are not in line with the regime’s views.
On Friday, China’s cyberspace authorities announced they had added new regulations to existing internet posting and commenting rules. They noted that social media platforms should monitor public accounts and users’ behaviors more actively.
Reuters reported that the Cyberspace Administration of China said social media platforms should take a close look and action against public account holders that publish “illegal or bad content” on their platforms. Measures include issuing warnings or deleting posts or comments.
The cyberspace watchdog also requires such actions to be reported to regulators promptly.
In China, public account holders refers to social media accounts that publish and disseminate content to the public on the Internet.
Several days ago, the Chinese internet watchdog issued mobile app rules with stricter data protection and content requirements.
The South China Morning Post reported that the new rules require mobile app providers and distributors to promote “core socialist values.” In addition, they have to follow the “correct” direction of politics.
It also requires app developers to be responsible for the content and should not disseminate illegal information.
The Chinese internet governing body said that the new rules would promote the “healthy development” of the industry.
Freedom House, an organization focusing on democracy, political freedom, and human rights, called the Chinese regime the world’s worst abuser.
Its freedom on the Net 2021 report said, “Conditions for internet users in China remained profoundly oppressive, and confirmed the country’s status as the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the seventh consecutive year.”