Every comment on every website in China must now be vetted before it’s published

A woman views the Chinese social media website Weibo at a cafe in Beijing on April 2, 2012. China's move to shut down websites and curb rumours of a political coup reveal growing nervousness ahead of the nation's first leadership transition in the social media age. The crackdown on the media and Internet is likely to remain in force until President Hu Jintao and other top leaders step down from their Communist Party posts late this year in a 10-yearly leadership change. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman views the Chinese social media website Weibo at a cafe in Beijing (Credits: Getty)

Carefully vetting every single piece of user-generated content (UGC) before it’s allowed to be posted to a website is a daunting task.

But China is clearly up for the challenge.

The country’s so-called Cyberspace Administration has released a new policy that requires all comments on websites to be approved before they’re published.

The new rules were outlined in a document published last week entitled: ‘Provisions on the Administration of Internet Thread Commenting Services’.

It will mean any company or individual that runs a website where people can post comments will need to hire ‘a review and editing team suitable for the scale of services’.

These newly-installed comment moderators will have to vet every single one prior to publication and flag any potentially illegal information to the Administration.

And it goes even further. Any site that does allow readers to post comments must collect their real names and verify their identity before allowing them to submit comments.

The tighter controls seem to have come following online criticism of the Chinese government’s recent mandatory lockdowns as it tried to battle a fresh onslaught of Covid-19.

Residents line up at a makeshift nucleic acid testing site during a mass testing for coronavirus in April 2022 (Credit: Reuters)

Internet censorship in China is already widespread and rigorously enforced, which can make it a bit tricky for trvellers who are used to relying on certain sites and apps.

The vast majority of sites that are blocked are western, so Chinese locals are not affected as much by the intense levels of censorship.

Here are all the social media sites that are blocked in China and some of the bigger website that you can’t get onto thanks to …read more

Source:: Metro News

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