| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

China tamps down on gatherings providing harmful information, Xinhua reports

China is cracking down on meetings that provide incorrect information and may endanger individuals, according to official media, as authorities increase control of what they deem problematic actions in many fields.

The Communist Party of China Central Committee’s Publicity Department and ten other authorities issued a circular on Saturday calling for a nationwide crackdown on meetings that “disrupt market order, affect social security and stability, and infringe on the legitimate rights and interests of the people,” according to Xinhua news agency.

China wants to curb activities like gatherings and forums that collect fees irregularly and schemes that provide participants money, expensive gifts or securities, it said.

The irregular activities include unofficial ventures claiming to be organised by authorities and activities improperly described as “national” “international” or “summits”, state media reported.

In its recent crackdown, China has shut more than 100,000 online accounts that it said created fake news and content and has targeted rumours that hurt businesses.

China said in recent years, some unregistered entities have impersonated official institutions or formally organised “cottage” forum activities, or carried out fraud and wealth accumulation through forum activities, infringing on the legitimate interests of the people and disrupting market order.

  • Reuters