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China Forbids News Reporting from Social Media Unless Approved

China's Internet watchdog has issues warning against publishing news from social media sites without proper verification. "The instruction, issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China, came only a few days after Xu Lin, formerly the deputy head of the organization, replaced his boss, Lu Wei, as the top gatekeeper of Chinese internet affairs," Choi Chi-yuk reporting in South China Morning Post.

Cyberspace Administration of China / Sunday, July 2016: "It is strictly forbidden for websites not to specify or to falsify news sources and to use hearsay to create news or use conjecture and imagination to distort the facts."

"China Cracks Down on News Reports Spread via Social Media," Edward Wong and Vanessa Piao, New York Times, 5 July 2016: "The agency said it had already warned and punished nine websites, among them the popular news sites of Sina, Ifeng, Tencent, Caijing and 163."

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