- China has introduced new measures in a bid to clamp down on the spread of negative news online
- The Provisions on the Governance of the Online Information Content Ecosystem released the regulation on Sunday, March 1, 2020
- The new rule has however generated strong resistance from the Chinese nationals
China has introduced new laws that prevent the online spread of negative news about the coronavirus epidemic.
The new rule implies that people can only post positive news about the outbreak online.
The rule, known as the Provisions on the Governance of the Online Information Content Ecosystem, was first announced in December 2019 and came into effect on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Online posts captured under the restriction include "dissemination of rumors," "disrupting economic or social order," and anything "destroying national unity."
Business Insider reports that the new law could serve as a platform to suppress news about the spread of the virus.
China has already censored details about the outbreak from its citizens, and arrested several whistleblowers.
Chinese nationals have, however, raised objections about the new law on social media.
A hashtag linked to the law was viewed over three million times on Monday, March 2, 2020, alone.
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