China military sets up website to report leaks, fake news


Mains Paper3: Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security.

The following things are important from UPSC perspective:

Prelims: Nothing Much

Mains level: The news card highlights the steps taken by China to secure internet and maintain cyber sovereignity.



Steps taken by China to secure Internet and maintain Strict Censorship

  1. Beijing has been ramping up measures to secure the internet and maintain strict censorship, a process that accelerated ahead of the party’s five-yearly National Congress that took place in October.
  2. China’s military launched a website inviting the public to report leaks and fake news, as well as illegal online activities by military personnel, the latest step in a push to ensure Communist Party control over the internet.
  3. Chinese President Xi Jinping has made China’s “cyber sovereignty” a top priority in his sweeping campaign to bolster security.


  1. The new website is an effort to implement the guiding spirit of the Congress and will help maintain a “clear internet space” surrounding the military.
  2. Citizens are encouraged to use the platform to report online content that attacks the military’s absolute leadership and distorts the history of the military and the Communist Party.
  3. Cases of military personnel illegally opening online social accounts and publishing unauthorised information should also be reported, it said.