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Coup rumours: China cracks down on sites

social media Updated: Mar 31, 2012 23:12 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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About a week after reports about an imminent coup got the internet buzzing here, authorities have detained six persons and shut down 16 websites for fanning the rumours.

The detention and shut down were ordered because those involved were "fabricating or disseminating online rumours," the State Internet Information Office and Beijing police said.

The websites were closed for spreading rumors of "military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on".

The SIIO spokesman added that two popular micro-blogging sites - and where much of the coup reports were shared by curious netizens - were also punished by authorities. Subsequently, the sites suspended the comment functions on their websites.