Hebei netizen detained on spreading rumor charges after asking on internet 'I heard of a murder case, anyone knows the truth?'
The Chinese characters read: Do not believe rumors, nor spread rumors; Explanation of the government is the only source of information you should depend on.
Police in Qinghe county, Hebei province detained a female netizen on August 28 and accused her of spreading rumors and disturbing social order, People’s Daily reported.
On the night of August 26th, a vigilant Qinghe police noticed a post by a netizen nicknamed 宁05021 in a questioning tone ”I heard that there happened a murder case in Louzhuang, anyone knows the truth?”
The post had been read for more than 1000 times and was spreading quickly among the people in Qinghe. The police think the post disturbed social order and caused panic among the masses.
After receiving confirmation from relevant departments that no murder happened in Louzhuang, the police identified the post as rumor and took swift action and captured a 20-year-old woman surnamed Zhao on August 28th.
China is waging a campaign against online rumor mongers.