China punishes nearly 200 ‘online rumormongers’

Beijing has said it has punished scores of individuals for spreading false information online. Charges are related to recent Tianjin explosions and the country’s stock market woes.

State media reported Monday that 197 people had been punished in a special campaign against spreading false information over the internet.

Two of the rumors allegedly circulating were that a “man jumped to his death in Beijing due to the stock market slump,” and that “at least 1,300 people were killed in the Tianjin blasts.”
The official death toll in the August 12 explosions at warehouses for hazardous chemicals in the port city Tianjin is 150.

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Source News: DW