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China releases app and hotline for citizens to report each other for “mistaken opinions” shared online

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Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 100-year anniversary, China is releasing an app and hotline for citizens to report each other for “mistaken opinions” shared online.

The app and hotline were released by China’s cyber regulator and plan to crackdown on “historical nihilists” according to a statement made by the regulator. Internet users will report each other for “mistaken opinions” in order to create a “good public opinion atmosphere.” “Mistaken opinions” would include distorting the party’s history, attacking its leadership and policies, defaming national heroes, and denying the excellence of advanced socialist culture online, according to the statement.

According to an online spreadsheet covered by The-New-York-Times in February, China has punished nearly 2,000 citizens for their speech crimes. The person behind the spreadsheet goes by “Wang” and wishes to stay anonymous to avoid punishment by the Chinese government. The spreadsheet was started in 2019 and remains active in “collecting and exposing cases that China violates citizens’ rights of speech freedom.” Wang tweeted back in August, “I knew that there were speech crimes in China, but I’ve never thought it’s so bad. Big Brother is watching you. I tried to look for the eyes of Big Brother and ended up finding them everywhere.”

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ARTICLE DUSTIN RODGERS

POLITICS EDITOR CARSON CHOATE

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