China Criminalizes Spreading False Rumors Online That Go Viral

online rumorsWill the jails of the future be filled with those condemned for trollcrimes? ZDNet reports:

Online users in China who share false information that is defamatory or affect national interest will face up to three years in prison if their posts are viewed 5,000 times or forwarded 500 times.

This is a new judicial interpretation issued Monday by the country’s Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which defines the criteria for convicting and sentencing offenders who spread rumors online that defame, blackmail or provoke, China Daily reported.

The judicial interpretation also states that profiting from helping people delete posts is illegal, and anyone who gains more than 20,000 yuan (US$3,270) through this practice will see their case treated as “serious”. So far, prominent Chinese venture capitalist Charles Xue Biqun, investigative journalist Liu Hu, and Weibo users Yang Xiuyu and Qin Zhihui have been arrested and detained for fabricating online rumors.

4 Comments on "China Criminalizes Spreading False Rumors Online That Go Viral"

  1. I heard China slept with North Korea and got herpes.

  2. InfvoCuernos | Sep 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm |

    “War is deception”- Sun Tzu

  3. BuzzCoastin | Sep 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm |

    whereas in Der Homeland
    Ed Snowden will be imprisoned if not killed for spreading Truth online
    must be the main difference between a free & totalitarian kuntery

  4. Jeff Flynn | Sep 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm |

    At least in america we only persecute those who tell the truth online.

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