Showing posts from January, 2017

Government Calls Out Sina Blogs for "Distorting Party History"

On January 7, 2017, the the Cyberspace Administration of China published a notice on its website entitled "Sina, Global Times,, and Other Websites Post Harmful Information in Violation of Rules, Get Reported by China's Internet Users" ( 新浪网、环球网、中华网等网站违规刊载有害信息 受到网民集中举报 ). Some excerpts: In 2016, the the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center (hereinafter "Reporting Center") received almost 1,000,000 reports from the public. These included reports that Sina, Global Times, Netease,, Voice of China, Shangdu,, and Chongqing Online were publishing harmful information in violation of rules, or were providing a platform for the publication of harmful information. There was a strong negative public reaction. . . . . Based on user reports and a selective examination by the Reporting Center, various channels on Sina included vulgar and revealing photos, text and information, and there was a relatively large quantity of posts o

CAC Announces Rules to Regulate the Content of News Headlines

On January 13, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China published a notice on its website entitled “CAC Deepens Its Rectification of the ‘Headline Party’ Problem” ( 国家网信办深入整治“标题党”问题 ). Some excerpts: In order to further purify the online public opinion environment and to attack the chaos of altering headlines, distorting the original meaning of news and other behaviors of the "headline party," the CAC in coordination with relevant agencies recently launched a one month rectification campaign and imposed sanctions on five websites with outstanding problems: Sina, Sohu, Netease, Phoenix, and Focus, and formulated specific rules for Internet news headlines. . . . . In order to strengthen long-term controls over the "Headline Party" problem, the CAC formulated and promulgated the "(Interim) Rules on the Administration of Internet News Headline Norms" (hereinafter the "Rules") which clearly require all websites to maintain a correct public o

CAC Announces New Registration Requirements for Mobile App Stores

On January 13, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China published a notice on its website entitled “CAC Launches Registration of Internet App Stores” ( 国家网信办启动互联网应用商店备案工作 ). Some excerpts:  In order to further promote the healthy and orderly development of the Internet app store industry and regulate mobile Internet application program the (APP) information services, the Cyberspace Administration of China recently issued the "Notice Regarding the Launching of an Internet App Store Registration Campaign" in accordance with the "Rules on the Administration of Mobile Internet Application Program Information Services" requiring that starting from January 16 Internet Information Offices in every province, autonomous region, and independent municipality shall officially commence work on registering Internet application stores. . . . . A CAC spokesperson explained that, Internet application store registration is aimed at overseeing and promoting app stores' t