State mouthpiece calls rumours spreading on microblogging sites represent a massive social threat
China’s official news agency, Xinhua, has warnned against the spread of rumours on social networking and microblogging sites in the country.
The Guardian reported Xinhua saying that rumours spreading on websites is a masive threat.
"Concocting rumours is itself a social malady, and the spread of rumours across the internet presents a massive social threat," Xinhua said.
The report also said that a leading Chinese official has warned of the need to "strengthen administration".
Last week, Sina-owned Chinese microblogging site Weibo had suspended few user accounts for spreading rumours over the killing of a young woman.
Weibo has also sent notices to its 200 million users refuting two allegedly false reports posted on the site recently.
One of the reports included the killing of a 19-year-old woman. The allegedly false report state d that the suspected murderer of the woman had been released on bail because of his father’s connections, according to an Associated Press report.
Reports say that this could be a sign of Chinese authorities to keep social media sites under tight control.
The ruling Communist Party has warned Internet companies in the country to tighten control over information online.
Communist Party secretary Liu Qi has asked Internet companies to stop the spread of "false and harmful information."
Internet companies should "strengthen management and firmly prevent the spread of fake and harmful information," Liu said.
He added that companies should "resist fake and negative information."