Chinese authorities have instructed local websites to review every comment

Chinese authorities have instructed local websites to review every comment before it is published and to report violations

The Chinese government has tightened rules governing the operation of local websites. Now all resources that have a commenting feature must pre-screen each comment before publishing it. The corresponding ordinance, titled “Regulation for the Administration of Internet Commenting Services”, read released by the Chinese government last week.

    Image source: PixaBay/janeb13

Image source: PixaBay/janeb13

The ruling directs all individuals and companies owning websites in China to “depending on the size of the resource, a team of moderators who review and edit» Comments before they are posted. At the same time, moderators are obliged to check every comment before it is published. If the submission does not violate Chinese law, it must be approved. If the comment contains information that may be prohibited by law, the site must report it to the authorities.

In addition, the judgment addresses the issue of anonymity in the Chinese network. Any website that has a commenting feature must collect personal information from users (such as real names) before they can post on the site.

It seems that the current decision was taken against the background of increasing criticism of the Chinese government in the expanses of the Chinese network on the issue of regular lockdowns amid new outbreaks of the coronavirus pandemic. This isn’t China’s first attempt to control its home internet. Last year, China passed a law restricting the right of young Chinese people to play video games. Now this is only possible for one hour a day and only on weekends.

Western social platforms Facebook*Instagram*, Reddit and many others are officially banned and blocked in China. Given the tightening control of the Chinese internet, many companies have exited this market. In addition, China bans the use of VPN services to bypass blocking access to banned content.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.

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