People use their smartphones as they walk through Ditan Park in Beijing on February 9. China’s new guidelines for building a “cyberspace civilisation” are just the latest move from the Chinese government seeking to exert more control over online narratives. Photo: AP
People use their smartphones as they walk through Ditan Park in Beijing on February 9. China’s new guidelines for building a “cyberspace civilisation” are just the latest move from the Chinese government seeking to exert more control over online narratives. Photo: AP

China’s Big Tech platforms face more responsibility in ‘cyberspace civilisation’ push that seeks more online control

  • New cyberspace guidelines will fall heaviest on internet platform operators like Tencent and ByteDance, experts say, raising compliance pressures
  • The directive is expected to lead to more propaganda and crackdown campaigns ahead of next year’s 20th party congress and the 2022 Winter Olympics in February

People use their smartphones as they walk through Ditan Park in Beijing on February 9. China’s new guidelines for building a “cyberspace civilisation” are just the latest move from the Chinese government seeking to exert more control over online narratives. Photo: AP
People use their smartphones as they walk through Ditan Park in Beijing on February 9. China’s new guidelines for building a “cyberspace civilisation” are just the latest move from the Chinese government seeking to exert more control over online narratives. Photo: AP
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