The Chinese Communist Party sees clearly the power of social media and it is trying to jam that genie back into the bottle. And as the fake “fake news” campaign, and Ms. Clinton’s “deplorables” statement has shown, the Chinese powers that be aren’t the only ones who see social media as something that needs to be controlled.
Don’t take anything for granted. As we’ve said before governments around the world are watching China on this issue and are taking notes. If the establishment can clamp down on communication in the West too they will try to do it. We of course must be ever vigilant and never let that happen.
(From Global News)
The law does not make any distinctions or clarifications for what is considered a ‘current event’, etc etc. Just another in a long line of laws that are left intentionally vague in order to create an atmosphere of fear and an easy environment for arresting anyone and everyone. It’s not just WeChat Sights, this law also criminalizes Weibo videos, all live-streaming apps like Meipai and Miaopai and could completely crush all the Chinese independent video news producers on. The ban comes weeks after a law that gives police power to censor the net after natural disasters.