New rules aim to make online platforms take more responsibility for user content

New rules aim to make online platforms take more responsibility for user content

By Agencies A new regulation on Internet news services in China has sparked controversy
Experts see it as the latest effort by cyberspace authorities in the past year to regulate online platforms
But many we-media providers are worried that it will restrict their freedom to publish articles

By Zhang Yu

China’s new regulation on the administration of Internet news services, which comes into effect on June 1, made a splash on China’s social media platforms when it was announced last week.

According to Article 5 of the regulation, any group or individual that wants to provide news to the public through websites, applications, forums, blogs, microblogs, public accounts, instant messaging tools, online livestreaming and other such methods must obtain a “news information services” license. Launching an Internet news information service without a license or beyond the license’s scope is banned.

The regulation’s definition of “news information” includes reporting and commentary on politics, economic, military matters, foreign affairs and other such public topics.

The obliquely-worded regulation soon caused panic among China’s netizens, especially “we-media” providers. “We-media” refers to online news sources run by individuals or small groups, often by non-professionals or on a part-time basis. Many fear that the difficulty of obtaining a license will mean the end of most Read More

Source:: Daily Mail News

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