China warns of jail for viral posts deemed libel

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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:00 am

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese authorities have further tightened controls of social media in the country, warning that people who post comments deemed libelous and that are retweeted 500 or more times will face defamation charges and up to three years in prison.

The official Xinhua News Agency cited judicial authorities as saying that the new rules would also apply to people whose posts are viewed by at least 5,000 Internet users.

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