China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION / HK -

Sina Weibo said it will alert In­ter­net users of fake on­line in­for­ma­tion and im­prove its ru­mor­mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Sina Weibo, the largest mi­cro-blog­ging plat­form in China, es­tab­lished an on­line com­mu­nity for In­ter­net users in 2012 to re­port ru­mors, the com­pany said. The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants is now 20,000.

The com­mit­tee, which in­cludes anti-ru­mor and broad­cast­ing pro­fes­sion­als, has re­ceived about 11,380 re­ports of fake in­for­ma­tion and dealt with 11,358 of them, the com­pany said.

Fab­ri­cated de­tails, ex­ag­ger­ated facts, pub­lish­ing old in­for­ma­tion and in­ter­pret­ing in­for­ma­tion out of con­text are com­mon, said Mao Tao­tao, the Sina Weibo em­ployee who is in charge of the com­mit­tee.

“We also deal with cases in which some­one is­sued to­tally fake in­for­ma­tion on­line or pub­lished pho­tos that were not in ac­cor­dance with their text,” he said. “In ad­di­tion, some in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion was also iden­ti­fied as fake.”

The plat­form’s an­tiru­mor team, es­tab­lished in 2010, has la­beled fake in­for­ma­tion af­ter con­fir­ma­tion and will in­form other mi­cro-blog­gers with no­tices in the fu­ture, with the hope of purg­ing ru­mors and warn­ing more ne­ti­zens at the same time, he said.

“We’re also try­ing a rule to man­age the com­mu­nity and im­prov­ing our ef­fi­ciency at han­dling ru­mors by co­op­er­at­ing with au­thor­i­ties,” he added.

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