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China’s New Internet Regulation Hotline Seeks to Censor Citizens Ahead of 100th Anniversary of the CPP

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China’s New Internet Regulation Hotline Seeks to Censor Citizens Ahead of 100th Anniversary of the CPP

By Movieguide® Staff

China’s regulation of citizens’ online activity is nothing new. However, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) recently launched a hotline that will allow other citizens to report internet comments that discredit or disagree with the Communist Party and its history. 

As the nation gears up to celebrate the Party’s 100th anniversary, CAC claims the new hotline will help stop “mistaken opinions” and encourage a “good public opinion atmosphere.”

“For a while now, some people with ulterior motives…have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering and denying Party, national and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking,” a CAC notice said. “We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising society…and enthusiastically report harmful information.”

Variety reported

The move comes in the wake of recent firestorms of online criticism sparked by nationalist social media users who dug up years-old and often since-deleted remarks deemed slanderous to China from public figures and brands. In the past month, such incidents have engulfed everyone from Oscar frontrunner Chloe Zhao to Chinese tennis champ Li Na, and brands from Adidas to H&M, with flame wars pushed to an ever-higher profile by celebrity participation.

The notice also outlined that citizens can use the hotline for complaints regarding the Party’s history, comments against “leadership, guiding ideology, principles or policies” or heroes and martyrs, and “denials of the excellence of traditional Chinese culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture.”

Although the punishment was not in the notice, current online speech violators are sent to prison.  

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