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New Criminal Laws Take Effect in China

China has started to implement a new set of revised criminal laws that include punishments for Internet users for what the government calls “starting rumors on the web.” According to the new law, which became effective November 1, when netizens pass on “false information” via Weibo and other social media outlets, or post messages that “fabricate false danger, disease, disaster, or police information” on forum boards, they can be prosecuted and sentenced to up to 7 years in...

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