Nearly 200 Chinese punished for 'misleading the public'

  • 01/09/2015

Chinese authorities say they have punished nearly 200 people for spreading false rumours online about the country's stock market and the Tianjin blasts.

The government crackdown targeted people accused of "misleading the public" and causing "social disorder".

False rumours included a report about a man who jumped to his death after the stock market slump.

Four of the 197 apologised in a statement released by the government. About 165 websites and online accounts were shut down, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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