China’s government has been cracking down on online “rumormongering,” or when people spread unconfirmed stories online, particularly through social networks.
The Beijing Regional Platform for Jointly Refuting Rumors -- yes, that's its real name -- China’s official monitoring system for false information published online, has announced a list of the country’s “Top 10 Online Rumors,” in hopes of discouraging the spread of such stories.
China’s central government formed the rumor-monitoring group on Aug. 1, and it is made up of representatives of major websites like Qianlong.com, in partnership with several government bodies in charge of Internet information.
Here are the headlines for the top 10 false “news stories” that were published online:
1. "Infant soup" made of babies' bodies has been available in Guangdong province;
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2. A bus was hijacked in Bozhou, Anhui province, in August;
3. A student was killed by officials in Wanyuan, Sichuan province, in July;
4. A photo "showing floods in Liaoning province" was actually copied from those of floods in the Philippines;
5. Hundreds of people died in floods in Qingyuan in August;
6. "1008600" is a telephone number owned by swindlers;
7. China ranks lower than 160th in terms of people's quality of life in a list compiled by the United Nations;
8. Six criminals escaped from a prison and then murdered 78 women and raped 16 in August;
9. A large number of criminals disguised as law-enforcement personnel attacked homes in August;
10. The Three Gorges Hydropower Station is being privatized.”