London, Sept. 10 (ANI): China has issued new Internet guidelines under which users trying to spread rumours online could be sentenced to jail for up to three years.
Chinese officials said Internet users posting defamatory comments that are visited by more than 5,000 users or reposted 500 times will be prosecuted, the BBC reports.
According to the report, anyone who posts information that leads to protests or ethnic unrest could also face prosecution.
The new guidelines were released by the country's highest court as part of an official campaign to stop online rumours.
Other guidelines cover posts that cause suicide or self-mutilation, as well as extortion and provoking online arguments, the report added.
The move comes in after Internet users have increasingly started online exposes and campaigns against government officials. (ANI)