China is renewing their crusade on internet rumors, officially banning online sites from citing social media as a news source.

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released a statement late on Sunday stating that it is “forbidden” to use social media as a source for online news without direct approval from the government.

“All websites should bear the key responsibility to further streamline the course of reporting and publishing of news,” the statement said, “and set up a sound internal monitoring mechanism among all mobile news portals Weibo or WeChat [China’s top two social media sites].”

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com