China is a country with a very strong censorship policy on social networks, and it seems that it will soon be even more so, since a draft on the Internet Administration in China Cyberspace (CAC) included the proposal that the The government could review any comment on a social network before it is published.
It is no secret that the Chinese authorities intend to control what happens on the networks, for years they have policies and elements that help them monitor what is said and always be vigilant to remove any posts or comments that go against the government.
However, these platforms have millions of daily users, so it is almost impossible to catch all the users who decide to criticize or comment on topics that may be controversial in the country.
It is true that Chinese platforms like Weibo they have hundreds of employees in charge of these tasksbut not even they can manage to see all the comments, to which is added that people are becoming more and more ingenious to deal with topics that can be censored on social networks.
Draft It states that the authorities intend to establish a system where any type of comment, whether in forums, responses or publications and in any format, whether text, photo or video, can be included in the bag of this new regulation.
This measure is not only going to affect citizens, but the social networks themselves are going to need to turn around its operationand while they already work together with the regulations imposed by the Chinese government, with the introduction of this novelty, they will have to design a new system for feedback detectionwhich can be very expensive.
Apart from the workers of the platforms that will be in charge specifically of controlling the comments, he is also considering making content creators join this censorship project.
“Although the Chinese Internet is one of the most censored in the world, people can play a game of cat and mouse with censors and make creative adjustments once posts are censored,” says William Nee, coordinator of Chinese Human Rights. Defenders. “However, the new system could make that almost impossible and further reduce the already limited space for freedom of expression on sensitive issues.”
For now, we will have to wait to see the power and censorship capacity that the government will have, since it will not be applied for a few months.