Chinese WhatsApp blocks accounts and threatens with jail for rumors of coronavirus

The dissemination of false information provides for imprisonment of three to seven years.
The social network and the WeChat messenger of the same name, which is called the “Chinese counterpart and competitor of WhatsApp”, promised to fight against the spread of false information about the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Representatives of WeChat said that all kinds of rumors only increase panic among the population. User accounts that disseminate false information will be restricted or completely deleted.

The source also reports that a law is in force in China, according to which the deliberate dissemination of knowingly false information that violates public order faces the penalty of imprisonment for a term of three to seven years.

The epidemic began in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December. According to the latest data, 56 people have already died from pneumonia caused by coronavirus, more than 1.9 thousand are infected. In addition to China, cases were also found in the United States, South Korea, Canada, Nepal, Singapore and other countries.

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