Study Times, the publication of the Party School of the Central Committee of the CCP, published an article on April 16, 2012, titled “Consciously Resist Rumors on the Internet.” According to the article, rumors related to historical contradictions and people’s resentment spread easily among Internet users and may eventually lead to mass action. Therefore, Internet users must not start rumors, believe rumors, or spread rumors. Meanwhile, the Chinese authorities have developed a mechanism to use legal means to punish Internet rumor mongers. Internet users must be aware of the laws and regulations that cover the punishment of Internet users who spread rumors on the Internet.
Source: Study Times, April 16, 2012