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China ups ante against false online content over Lunar New Year

Cyberspace agency also on lookout for displays of ostentatious wealth

Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit at the Yu Garden in Shanghai on Jan. 22 as a cyberspace agency cracks down on social media posts of what residents see and hear in their hometowns.   © Reuters

China's top internet regulator has launched a monthlong campaign to clean up online content circulating during the Lunar New Year, with one focus on a tougher crackdown on false information, including fictitious COVID policies and epidemic trends.

In a campaign from Wednesday through the end of February, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will step up its efforts to correct false information to prevent it from "amplifying gloomy sentiment," the regulator said in a statement.

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