Stop ru­mors vi­aWeChat

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT - Li Xin­ran, an­a­lyst of En­fodesk, Bei­jing Times, Aug 7 XuHong, Sichuan Daily, Aug 7 Bian Guangchun, chi­, Aug 7, Aug 7

is based on real life so­cial net­works, which means users of the in­stant mes­sage ser­vice gen­er­ally fol­low pri­vate and pub­lic ac­counts trusted by them; there­fore they also tend to more eas­ily be­lieve the ru­mors spread via the plat­form.

WeChat users need to raise their aware­ness about ru­mors, too, as many have the habit of for­ward­ing in­for­ma­tion with­out check­ing its ve­rac­ity, thus help­ing ru­mors to spread.

or mi­cro blogs, as another so­cial net­work plat­form, used to be filled with ru­mors too, un­til the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a reg­u­la­tion this­May halted the trend. Nowit isWeChat’s turn to be reg­u­lated to stop ru­mors from be­ing spread.

We call on su­per­vi­sors to strictly im­ple­ment the new reg­u­la­tions and freeWeChat from the mess of ru­mors; or­di­nary users should also be more aware of the words they use on­line, and re­frain from for­ward­ing in­for­ma­tion with­out check­ing its truth­ful­ness.

who fab­ri­cate ru­mors are to blame, but manyWeChat users help spread the ru­mors by for­ward­ing them at will. To pre­vent that, WeChat users should have a com­mon bot­tom line not to for­ward un­con­firmed in­for­ma­tion and re­mind friends to be aware when for­ward­ing in­for­ma­tion.

bring­ing con­ve­nience to our daily lives, WeChat is also abused by some to il­le­gally spread harm­ful in­for­ma­tion, which has aroused com­plaints and even caused eco­nomic losses for some users. The new reg­u­la­tions best an­swer the calls to reg­u­lateWeChat and pro­tect users’ in­ter­ests.

The new reg­u­la­tion also shows the govern­ment’s wis­dom in im­prov­ing its gov­er­nance. Un­like its past prac­tice of su­per­vis­ing ev­ery­thing, the govern­ment has set the bot­tom line for WeChat and granted the op­er­a­tor full free­dom as long as the users’ rights are not vi­o­lated. We are con­fi­dent that it will open a new era for the In­ter­net in China.

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