According to this, the Chinese government is intent on regulating the internet, and it's illegal if you criticize the ruling communist party online.
Online criticism of communism is considered "defamation," you see. And Charles Xue, a Chinese-American internet personality living in China, appeared on state-run TV to confess to his "crime" and PRAISE new legislation that makes such online criticism illegal.
Yeah. That wasn't coerced out of him AT ALL.
Charles Xue has over 12 million followers on the Chinese version of Twitter (Sina Weibo), and was arrested in August for prostitute solicitation. However, his penchant for prostitutes wasn't the focal point of his "confession." Nope - that was all about how awesome he thinks it is that the Chinese government wants to prosecute people for "spreading online rumors" anytime their posts are viewed by more than 5000 internet users or forwarded more than 500 times.
And here's the super creepy part. The government claims that these internet regulations are intended to “achieve the good social effect of attacking the extremely small minority and educating the large majority” to “standardise their online words and deeds.”
If that doesn't give you the heebie jeebies, you might be a liberal progressive.
Further, authorities said that "Acts of jeering and stirring up trouble easily lead to mass incidents and create grave upsets of public order.”
Guess what, China! I AM TOTALLY JEERING AT YOU RIGHT NOW. COME AT ME, BRO!
Now, if I were in China, just saying that could fall under any number of examples of "online criminality" like these:
1. Triggering upsets of public order
2. Causing vile social influence
3. Causing vile international influence
4. Harming the country's image
Thanks, but I'll be over here, enjoying freedom.
Other figures of prominence in the Chinese internet community have all of a sudden turned either super quiet, or they've become nervously supportive of this legislation, most likely because the Chinese government is threatening to harm them or their families. Because that is what happens in communist countries.
And this is who we're financially beholden to, folks.