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China sees lessons in India’s panic over SMS, net rumours

Aug 24, 2012

In China, where social networking sites Facebook and Twitter are banned, the authorities have long viewed the mobilising capabilities of the Internet with deep suspicion.

The events across the Himalayas in recent days, where rumours that proliferated through cyberspace and SMS fuelled mass panic in several Indian cities, have reaffirmed those fears in this country, prompting calls in the state media outlets for the authorities to keep a watchful eye on the Internet.

 

“The scene is familiar to Chinese,” the Communist Party-run Global Times, a popular tabloid known for its nationalistic views that is published by the People’s Daily, said in an editorial in its Chinese and English editions on Thursday.

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