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China threatens Tough Punishment for Online Rumor Spreading

WASHINGTON — That free speech thing? That does not exist in China, as the Chinese government said it will punish “online rumors” that could lead to widespread panic or doubt.

china internet cafe [1]Reuters reported [2] that the new law puts violators behind bars for three years if false online posts are reposted. This new stringent law against social media content sharing has angered the Chinese people who use the internet.

The parameter is that if a post has 5,000 visitors or more than 500 reposts, the Chinese government can charge the source with defamation, which brings a three-year prison sentence.