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Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 15:36

China may tighten online news rules

By Xinhua

BEIJING - China's top Internet regulator has released draft regulations for online news services, requiring vendors to obtain permission first before releasing news on the Internet or through apps.

Websites, apps, instant messaging services or search engines should first obtain permission before disseminating news, according to the draft regulations, which was publicized Monday by the State Council's Legislative Affairs Office to solicit public opinions.

News providers will need to provide valid identification to online news platforms, according to the draft regulations from the Cyberspace Administration of China.

The draft also seeks to ban online news service providers from meddling with news reports released on the platforms in order to profit from it.

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