China Clamps Down on News Content Providers in Private Sector

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China has issued a new set of rules imposing state controls on all employees in privately run news and information apps.

From Dec. 1, 2017, any private content providers must provide the details, employment and training record of all editorial employees in a bid to prevent the spread of what the ruling Chinese Communist Party regards as “illegal” information.

Staff employed to moderate, edit and censor online content will be required to do so in a manner consistent with “Marxist media principles,” and will receive government training in how to promote “socialist values.”