China Asks Internet Users to Stop Spread of Rumors, Xinhua Says

China’s Internet users should be vigilant against the spreading of false information, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing government officials.

The government and Internet operators must make joint efforts to address online rumors, the official news agency said, citing Liu Zhengrong, a senior official with the State Internet Information Office. China has closed 42 websites since mid-March and detained six people as it cracks down on rumor-mongering.

Sina.com and Baidu.com promised to cooperate with the government, improving self-management and taking effective measures to stop rumors, according to the report.

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