China to draft internet rules for protection of minors: Xinhua


China is looking to introduce more laws to protect minors on the internet, as part of new regulations that seek to manage the use of the internet in the country. — REUTERS

China will accelerate the drafting and implementation of laws to prevent online crimes and protect minors using the internet, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Communist Party guidelines.

The guidelines seek to enhance "internet civilisation,” with more regulation required to improve ethics and behavior, according to the report on Tuesday from the official news agency.

A nationwide platform will be established to curb online rumors and fake information, while targeted propaganda on the party’s achievements will be strengthened, Xinhua said.

It’s the latest move by Beijing to strengthen oversight of online activities. In late August, China’s cyberspace regulator asked website platforms to remove all ranking lists of celebrities, enhance management of posts and commercial promotion in a crackdown on fan culture.

Authorities have also asked internet companies to rectify wrongdoings in recent weeks.

On Monday, China’s top technology regulator warned internet firms against blocking links to rival services, reaffirming Beijing’s order for online giants from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to ByteDance Ltd. to dismantle walls around their platforms and curb their growing power. – Bloomberg

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