Internet Society of China Proposal Letter on Resisting Online Rumours

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Following the rapid development of information and telecommunications technology, the Internet has become an important platform for the expression of the popular will, and has a positive influence on the economy, politics, culture, and the people’s lives and production. At the same time, it should be noted that harmful and untrue information still exists online, which influences the healthy development of society, especially the communication of online rumours recently has become a major social nuisance, which gravely harms citizens’ rights and interests, harms the public interests and endangers national security and social stability. Jointly resisting rumours and creating a healthy and civilized online environment have become problems attracting the common concern of all walks of society. In order to resist online rumours and create a healthy and civilized online environment, and to promote the healthy and sustainable development of the Internet sector, the Internet Society of China puts forward the following proposals to the Internet circles of the entire country.

I, Establish a consciousness about the law, strictly respect all laws and regulations formulated by State and sectoral management departments, as well as the sectoral self-discipline conventions promulgated by the Internet Society of China, do not provide communication channels for online rumours, cooperate with relevant government departments in attacking the use of the network to disseminate rumours according to the law.

II, Vigorously respond to the strategic deployment of “strengthening national cultural soft power, carrying forward Chinese culture, striving to build a strong Socialist culture country”, formulate and disseminate lawful, true and healthy online information, build the Internet into a platform for the propagation of scientific theory, the dissemination of advanced culture, the moulding of beautiful souls and carrying forward a right social atmosphere.

III, Strengthen a sense of responsibility, implement the responsibilities of media, assume corporate social responsibility, protect the right of netizens to use the network according to the law, strengthen management of forums, microblogs and other interactive sections, vigorously guide netizens in going online in a civilized manner, speaking in a civilized manner, and firmly cut off the communication chain of online rumours.

IV, Persist in self-restraint, strengthen sectoral self-discipline. Establish and complete websites’ internal management systems, standardize information production, publication and dissemination workflows, strengthen internal supervision and management mechanisms, vigorously use websites’ technology management conditions to strengthen screening and handling of websites’ content, timely and actively delete clear online rumours.

V, Strengthen professional ethics education of website employees, demand that website employees earnestly carry out their legal responsibilities and abide by social morals, raise employees’ ability to differentiate online rumours, urge employees to cultivate good professional habits.

VI, Enterprises providing interactive information services shall respect the government’s demands concerning real-identity authentication on the Internet, and must at the same time do netizens personal information security protection work well, remind all kinds of information publishers that the information they publish must be objective and accurate, and the author has sole responsibility, ensure that every netizen bears the social responsibility they must bear.

VII, Consciously accept social supervision, establish unimpeded channels to hear netizens’ opinions, earnestly rectify problems reported by the public, raise social credibility.

VIII, It is hoped that the broad netizens vigorously support Internet enterprises in their operations to resist online rumours, consciously ensure that they do not create rumours, do not disseminate rumours and do not believe rumour, do not foment the circulation and spread of rumours, be upholders of a healthy online order, and vigorously report the rumours they discover.

Internet Society of China

8 April 2012

中国互联网协会抵制网络谣言倡议书
随着信息通信技术的快速发展,互联网已经成为民意表达的重要平台,对经济、政治、文化和人民生活产生着积极的影响。同时应当看到,网上不良、不实信息仍然存在,影响社会健康发展,特别是最近网络谣言的传播成为一大社会公害,严重侵犯公民权益,损害公共利益,也危害国家安全和社会稳定。共同抵制网络谣言,营造健康文明的网络环境已经成为社会各界共同关注的问题。为抵制网络谣言,营造健康文明的网络环境,推动互联网行业健康可持续发展,中国互联网协会向全国互联网业界发出如下倡议:

一、树立法律意识,严格遵守国家和行业主管部门制定的各项法律法规,以及中国互联网协会发布的行业自律公约,不为网络谣言提供传播渠道,配合政府有关部门依法打击利用网络传播谣言的行为。

二、积极响应“增强国家文化软实力,弘扬中华文化,努力建设社会主义文化强国”的战略部署,制作和传播合法、真实、健康的网络内容,把互联网建设成宣传科学理论、传播先进文化、塑造美好心灵、弘扬社会正气的平台。

三、增强社会责任感,履行媒体职责,承担企业社会责任,依法保护网民使用网络的权利,加强对论坛、微博等互动栏目的管理,积极引导网民文明上网、文明发言,坚决斩断网络谣言传播链条。

四、坚持自我约束,加强行业自律。建立、健全网站内部管理制度,规范信息制作、发布和传播流程,强化内部监管机制;积极利用网站技术管理条件,加强对网站内容的甄别和处理,对明显的网络谣言应及时主动删除。

五、加强对网站从业人员的职业道德教育,要求网站从业人员认真履行法律责任,遵守社会公德,提高从业人员对网络谣言的辨别能力,督促从业人员养成良好的职业习惯。

六、提供互动信息服务的企业,应当遵守政府有关互联网真实身份认证的要求,同时要做好保护网民个人信息安全工作,提醒各类信息发布者发布信息必须客观真实、文责自负,使每个网民承担起应尽的社会责任。

七、自觉接受社会监督,设置听取网民意见的畅通渠道,对公众反映的问题认真整改,提高社会公信力。

八、希望广大网民积极支持互联网企业抵制网络谣言的行动,自觉做到不造谣、不传谣、不信谣,不助长谣言的流传、蔓延,做网络健康环境的维护者,发现网络谣言积极举报。

中国互联网协会

二〇一二年四月八日

 

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