Aug 29, 2013 04:22 PM

Graphics: Police Campaign against Spread of 'Net Rumors' Intensifies

(Beijing) – Public security officers around China have launched a campaign against what they are calling the spread of rumors online that has mainly focused on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

The national campaign has intensified since mid-August, when Beijing police closed a company called Er Ma China, which was accused of spreading rumors on the Net, and arrested two men. The company serves as a sort of press agent for people who want to become Internet celebrities.

Then on August 20, the Ministry of Public Security escalated the campaign, stepping up efforts to, as they say, address the dissemination of false information on the Internet.

Shanghai police have investigated more than 380 cases and launched inquiries into 170 people. And in the central province of Henan, police have investigated 463 cases and made 131 arrests since mid-June 18, officials say.

This week, Zhejiang police warned that spreading rumors on WeChat, a widely used instant messaging and social networking service, is also illegal.

The following is a timeline of recent online rumor busting:


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