New rules for social media in China
August 29th, 2011

People who use social media in China risk having their account suspended for a month if they spread unfounded rumours, authorities have warned. More than 200 million users of Weibo - a Chinese equivalent to Twitter - recently received a message from Chinese authorities detailing the suspension of two micro-bloggers alleged to have spread false rumours.

Jeremy Goldkorn, the founder of the Beijing based Danwei website, told Connect Asia authorities had been monitoring online activity more closely since the Arab uprisings. ”An apparent attempt to start a similar Jasmine revolution in China seemed to have spooked the authorities,” he said.

(Source: Radio Australia news)