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China will punish those who like posts on networks about protests against Zero Covid

Chinese may be held accountable for liking posts deemed illegal or harmful, sparking fears that the world’s second-largest economy will further control social media.

China is stepping up its Internet regulation as authorities crack down on protesters who complain about the country’s strict Covid-19 restrictions.

The new rules take effect from December 15, as part of a new set of guidelines published by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) earlier this month.

The CAC operates under the Central Commission for Cyberspace Affairs, chaired by dictator Xi Jinping.

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