Joined: 14 Mar 2006
|Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:39 pm Post subject: Obama could learn some Web 2.0 from China
|Hey, maybe email@example.com and the Ministry of Truth could learn something from these guys!
|IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau) — One of China's most popular Twitter-like sites, Sina Weibo, announced a new penalty system to temporarily close and shut down the accounts of users found spreading untrue or harmful information.
The new rules announced on Tuesday are part of a larger government-backed effort to control sensitive political talk on the nation's microblogging platforms. Authorities have even detained users for allegedly fabricating online rumors, some of which occurred following the downfall of Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who has been linked to suspected corruption and the murder of a British businessman.
Sina Weibo already heavily regulates content on the site, blocking sensitive search terms and shutting down users accounts for the spreading of so-called rumors. The site defined new rules on Tuesday that will take effect for its more than 300 million registered users on May 28. The company is introducing the rules to explain how to use the service properly, said Sina spokesman Liu Qi on Wednesday. "This will help standardize what activities are appropriate," he added.
Under the new rules, harmful information can include spreading rumors, opposing the principles of the Chinese constitution, and inciting the illegal assembly of meetings or demonstrations. Users, who deliberately spread harmful information, will be blocked from posting for more than 48 hours, and could see their accounts closed.
In addition, the rules also penalize users for posting untrue information, which can include exaggerations when describing actual events, or posting an opinion along with the truth that is taken as fact.
In the most severe cases, where the untrue information has been re-posted 1,000 times, the users will be banned from posting content for 15 days, and be docked 10 credibility points from their account. A committee assembled from Sina Weibo users, who are experts in their field, will judge whether the content posted is untrue.
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-- Headline of a document on Winston Smith's terminal in his cubicle at the Ministry of Truth, seen briefly in the background in one scene of the movie rendition of Nineteen Eighty-Four.