Chinese man jailed for posting false bomb threats ‘to build an online following’
He thought it would bring him fame; instead he got a year behind bars
A Chinese man who hoped to become an internet celebrity has been jailed for a year for uploading videos in which he threatened to bomb a local shopping mall, a local news website reported.
Last November 6, the man, surnamed Wang, who sold mobile phones on the instant messaging app Wechat, shot a video of the Saga International Shopping Mall in Xian, Shaanxi province, while he was driving past and later uploaded it online, Hsw.cn reported.
Wang said in the video: “When the Saga [Mall] was built, they didn’t inform me, so I am going to blow it up tonight.”
Wang uploaded three more videos carrying similar threats. Police were sent to the mall and cleared the crowds.
At midnight, Wang uploaded a fifth video, in which he said “Saga’s boss gave me 1 trillion yuan, and this whole thing is over.”
Two hours later, the police arrested Wang at home.
Wang told the Yanta People’s Court that he devised the bomb plot idea because he thought it was a creative way to attract followers online.
When he found some of his videos garnered more than 20,000 clicks in a short time, he uploaded his last video to let the public know it was only a stunt, not a real bomb threat.
Wang was handed a one-year prison sentence for fabricating false terrorism information that disturbed public order.