CHINA WANTS ALL SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS TO BE PRE-REVIEWED BEFORE PUBLISHING

A draft update of rules would dramatically increase the power of China’s censorship machine, but platforms will pay the price. Users and observers are worried that the move could be used to further tighten freedom of expression in China. The new changes affect Provisions on the Management of Internet Post Comments Services, a regulation that first came into effect in 2017. The provisions cover many types of comments, including anything from forum posts, replies, messages left on public message boards and “bullet chats”
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