No vote rigging, rumors, or porn on WeChat for government officials

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Xinhua News Agency and various state-run accounts on the social media and messaging app WeChat have laid out rules for government officials in an article (in Chinese) titled “Party officials also have red lines on WeChat: Eight things they absolutely must not touch!” The eight things are:

  • Ridiculing Party policies
  • Transmitting obscene images or videos
  • Spreading rumors
  • Illegally accepting electronic money transfers using WeChat “red envelopes”
  • Using WeChat red envelopes to buy votes
  • Leaking state secrets or confidential information from work units
  • Illegally opening websites or WeChat stores
  • Publishing other inappropriate information

In other news about WeChat, the China Daily reports that 62.4 percent of Chinese adults read ebooks and media using the app in 2016, “up 10.5 percentage points year on year.”

A year of Xi Jinping internet governance

On April 19 last year, Xi Jinping gave a speech on “internet governance.” While outside observers tend to focus on the security, censorship, and surveillance aspects of Xi’s pronouncements on the internet, Chinese state media has this week been celebrating the digital achievements of the 12 months since Xi’s speech. Xinhua News Agency has published an article (in Chinese) titled “Let the internet better enrich the people — on the one-year anniversary of General Secretary Xi’s important speech of April 19.” The China Daily has published a similar piece in English, which checks off specific success stories such as broadband services in rural areas, ecommerce pilot programs to reduce poverty, provincial governments allowing citizens to fill out forms online, electronic prescriptions from online hospitals, and at-home medical consultations for rural residents.

Xinhua

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