Never start a flame war in China

Reportedly concerned with the dissemination of rumors on the Worldwide Web, anyone using the Internet to spread malicious rumors in the Chinese municipality of Chongqing is now subject to a fine of up to 1,000 yuan to 5,000 yuan ($126-633) or even detention of five days or more. The recently-enacted regulations seek to bar Chongqing netizens from using the Internet to make “defamatory comments or remarks, launch personal attacks, or seek to damage reputations online.”

Read this article from Ars Technica. Previously from WNM: Can bloggers be sued for their users’ comments?

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