Weibo unveils user contracts
28 May 2012
Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, has introduced a code of conduct stating which types of messages users can and cannot post.
The rules state that members may not spread rumours, publish false information, attack others with libellous comments, reveal national secrets, promote “evil teachings” or superstitions, call for illegal protests or mass gatherings, oppose the basic principles of China’s constitution or threaten China’s honour.
Users repeatedly breaching the rules can have their accounts suspended or deleted. Reports say the system works on a points system, with each user starting with 80 and losing points if they break any of the rules.
If a user’s score falls below 60, they will be given a warning and if it hits zero, the account will be suspended or deleted. The score can be reset if they users don’t breach the rules for two months after the score drops below 60 and users can also gain points by taking part in promotional activities.
Weibo-owner Sina has approximately 300 million registered users. User contracts were introduced after local authorities criticised rumours posted by some users on the service.
In April, rival Chinese microblogging sites Sina Weibo and Tencent both suffered a three-day government imposed blackout
following the posting of rumours surrounding a coup attempt in Beijing.
David Hing, London