Chinese authorities closed 16 websites and detained six
people responsible for "fabricating or disseminating
online rumors," the State Internet Information Office
(SIIO) and Beijing police said Friday.
The websites, including meizhou.net, xn528.com and
cndy.com.cn, were closed for spreading rumors of
"military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong
going on in Beijing," which were fabricated by some
lawless people recently, Xinhua news agency said on
Friday, citing a spokesman with the State Internet
Information Office (SIIO).
The rumors have caused "a very bad influence on the
public" and the websites were closed in accordance with
laws for failing to stop the spread of rumors, said the
Beijing police also detained six people for allegedly
fabricating and spreading the above-mentioned rumors,
particularly through microblogging posts, according to
the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security.
The SIIO spokesman also said with regard to a number of
rumors having appeared on weibo.com and t.qq.com, the two
popular microblogging sites have been "criticized and
punished accordingly" by Internet information
administration authorities in Beijing and Guangdong
Beijing police in a statement Friday urged Internet users
to abide by laws and be vigilant against online rumors,
which severely disturb the public order, undermine social
stability and deserve punishment.