Concerning “Rumors”: Responsive to the Internet Society of China

The following is a translation of a news article published by Nan Du Net (南都网, Southern Metropolis Daily‘s official website) on Tuesday. Links within the blockquotes were added during translation.

Xinhuanet, Beijing, April 10 – People in charge at Sina, Baidu and Tencent have separately expressed that they will firmly support and cooperate with the government and, in accordance with the law, crack down on and investigate internet rumors activities, will be responsive to the Internet Society of China‘s [more literally: China Internet Council] proposals of sanctions against internet rumors, conscientiously carry out their social responsibilities, maintain obedience to the law and self-discipline, strengthen internet management, and adopt effective measures to resolutely sanction the spreading of internet rumors.


The Sina person[s] in charge said that to create an environment with healthy and orderly content and to prevent the production and dissemination of rumors was an internet service provider’s fundamental task, and that (Sina) Weibo absolutely must not become a hotbed of rumor production and dissemination. Concerning individual users unprovokedly manufacturing and maliciously spreading the so-called “military vehicles entering Beijing” rumors, Sina had summoned (Sina) Weibo, as well as technical and other related departments, to define a cleaning-up action plan, to identify and manage loopholes, to strengthen the ability to check on malicious rumors on Weibo, and to perfect emergency prevention measures. Currently, Sina is perfecting content management measures and work coordination mechanisms, and putting chain handling processes for the detection, handling, investigation, and information circulation into effect. The Sina person[s] in charge said that Sina Weibo’s cleaning-up  work had received a wide range of support from the users, and would continue to guide users’ participation in the work of refuting rumors.


Baidu’s person[s] in charge said that as the world’s biggest search engine, Baidu had already become the greatest entry to the Chinese internet, and that by using it, people didn’t only hope to obtain information quickly, but also had high demands concerning information truthfulness and safety. Therefore, to provide true and accurate information was extremely important for the search service company. Currently, Baidu is carrying out comprehensive management against illegal and false information in its search results, and also strengthens joints with the responsible technical departments’ resources, to build multiple mechanisms of interrelated action. Baidu also started a “Sunshine Action” to crack down on false information with manual checks and netizen reporting systems, and will continuously increase technological and managerial investment, to provide more effective protection for vigilance against the dissemination of false information.


The Tencent person[s] in charge said that information security was the lifeline for the internet companies’ development, and internet companies should adopt effective measures to safeguard a harmonious and stable internet environment. For their particular nature, microblogs could easily become main sources and places for dissemination of rumors. Tencent was currently working hard to summarize their experience, to continuously perfect strategies and measures to perfect blogging security, to control the disseminaton of rumors to a maximum extent, and to constantly improve the level of securty and control management.Tencent was also carrying out concentrated clean-ups at QQ Gropus and QQ Space [if these are the correct translations of  QQ群 and QQ空间], Soso, and other interactive services.




» Bye-bye, Bo Xilai, Rectified Name, April 11, 2012
» Self-Censorship Training with Weibo, March 23, 2012
» The “Internet Information Office”, May 6, 2011
» Netizens should tolerate censorship, March 26, 2011
» Sina Weibo, Wikipedia
» Baidu, Wikipedia
» Tencent Holdings, Wikipedia


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