Radio Free Asia is reporting that Chinese Communist Party censors are trying to scrub videos, messages and reports from online chat rooms and social media. And local police are arresting, charging and punishing those spreading “fake news”:
“Some internet users have been publishing and forwarding fake news without verification, which has had an adverse social impact,” the Wuhan municipal police department said in a recent statement.
“Eight people who engaged in illegal activities were summoned and their cases handled according to law, following a police investigation,” it said.
“Anyone posting information and comments online should abide by [China’s] laws and regulations,” the police said in a statement reported by the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper. “The police will investigate and punish anyone fabricating and spreading rumors and disrupting social order.”