Traditionally, a media outlet is the last gatekeeper in delivering timely and accurate news, but with the rise of instant communication applications, the onus of a gatekeeper starts to shift.
On August 21, Wechat, an instant communication tool own by Tencent, place a blanket ban on Jinse, Huobi News, CoinDaily and several other blockchain media platforms.
People Daily, the state-run media outlet of China, criticised blockchain media outlets in China for its involvement in manipulating the market.
Thus, it is not surprising that China’s National Internet & Information Office has enacted Interim Provisions on the Development and Management of Public Information services for Instant Messaging Tools on August 7. The provisions are translated as follow:-
Article 1: To further promote the healthy and orderly development of public information services for instant messaging tools, protect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organisations, and safeguard national security and public interests. These regulations are formulated in accordance to Internet News Information Service Management Regulations.
Article 2: These Provisions apply to the public information service of instant communication tools within the territory of the People’s Republic of China.
The instant messaging tool referred to in these Provisions relates to an application based on the Internet to provide immediate information exchange services to end users. The term “public information service” as used in these Regulations refers to the act of releasing information to the public through public accounts and other forms of instant communication tools.
Article 3: The State Internet Information Office is responsible for coordinating and guiding the development and management of public information services for instant communication tools. The provincial Internet content management department is responsible for the relevant work in this administrative region.
The organisations in the internet industry should play an active role in strengthening industry self-discipline, promoting the construction of industry credit evaluation systems, and promoting the healthy and orderly development of the industry.
Article 4: The instant messaging service providers engaged in public information service activities should obtain service qualifications from the news media.
Article 5: Instant communication tool service providers shall implement safety management responsibilities, establish and improve various systems, equip professionals who are appropriate to the scale of services, protect user information and citizens’ privacy, consciously accept social supervision, and promptly handle public reporting violations.
Article 6: The instant communication tool service provider shall require the user of the instant communication tool to register the account after authenticating with the real identity information.
When instant messaging service users register their accounts, they should sign an agreement with the instant messaging service provider to comply with the laws and regulations, the socialist system, the national interests, the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, public order, social morality and information authenticity.
Article 7: The instant messaging service provider shall review users of instant messaging service who open public accounts for public information service activities and classified by the instant messaging service provider to the Internet information content authority.
The public accounts opened by news organisations and news websites can be published and reprinted, and the public accounts opened by non-news units that have obtained the qualifications of Internet news information services can be reproduced with political news. Other public statements may not publish or republish political news without approval.
Instant messaging service providers should mark public accounts that can post or reprint current news.
Party and government organs, enterprises and institutions and various people’s organisations at all levels are encouraged to open public accounts to serve economic and social development and meet the needs of the public.
Article 8: Users of instant messaging tools serving in public information service activities shall abide by relevant laws and regulations.
For instant messaging service users who violate the agreement, the instant messaging service provider shall take measures such as warning, restriction, suspension, and closure until the account is closed, and save the relevant records and fulfil the obligation to report to the appropriate competent authority.
Article 9 The relevant departments shall handle the violation of these Provisions by applicable laws and regulations.
Article 10 These Provisions shall come into force as of the date of promulgation.
During March 2018, Securities and exchange commission (SEC) of United States cracked down fraudulent ICOs to protect the interest of the public, and Facebook follows the footsteps by banning ICOs Ads. Rosemary O’Neil told CryptoCoin.News that crypto enthusiasts speak avidly of ICOs in Discord and Telegram channels, so there is no real value in advertising in the places where ICOs are banned. Therefore, blockchain projects would need to find other creative platforms to reach out to the masses.
As one door closes another open, Telegram remains open to receiving and publishing information. However, media outlets still ought to uphold the interest of the public and keep unauthentic news at bay.
News Source: TuoNiao, Coindesk & CryptoCoin.News
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