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China: CAC announces publication of Regulations on the Governance of Online Violence Information

On June 14, 2024, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced with the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the State Administration of Radio and Television the 'Regulations on the Governance of Online Violence Information,' which will come into effect on August 1, 2024. The CAC and the four other departments also answered reporters' questions during a Q&A session.

Key provisions

The CAC outlined that the Regulations strengthen the management of online violent information by:

  • clarifying the main responsibilities of network information service providers;
  • establishing and improving prevention and early warning mechanisms;
  • standardizing the handling of online violent information and accounts;
  • strengthening user rights protection;
  • strengthening supervision and management; and
  • clarifying legal liabilities and penalties.

Responsibilities of the network information service providers

The CAC highlighted that the Regulations place responsibilities for the management of online information content on the network information service providers, which include:

  • establishing and improving a governance mechanism for online violence information;
  • authenticating real identity information;
  • formulating and publicizing management rules and platform conventions;
  • signing service agreements with users;
  • regularly publishing announcements on the governance of online violence information;
  • refining the classification standards and rules for online violence information under the relevant guidance;
  • establishing and improving a database of characteristics of online violence information and typical case samples;
  • complying with obligations to deal with illegal and negative information involving online violence, as clarified by the CAC, and the disposal measures for related accounts; and
  • establishing and improving the protection function for online violence information and improving the rules for private messages, including informing users of the protective measures they can take.

Furthermore, the CAC stated that the Regulations outline supervisory and management responsibilities of different cybersecurity and informatization departments, and define online violence information and the scope of application.

You can read the press release here, the Q&A here, and the Regulations here, all only available in Chinese.