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China mulls rules for online news service

Updated: Jan 13,2016 3:02 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s top Internet regulator has released draft regulations for online news services, requiring permission for releasing news on the Internet or through apps.

Websites, apps, instant messaging services or search engines should first obtain permission before disseminating news, according to the draft regulations, which was publicized on Jan 11 by the State Council’s Legislative Affairs Office to solicit public opinions.

News releasers are ordered to provide real name identification to online news releasing platforms, according to the draft regulations from the Cyberspace Administration of China.

The new rules also bans online news service providers from meddling with news reports released on the platforms to seek illegal profit through deleting online content or other ways.