China Develops App For Reporting “Mistaken Opinions”

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The Chinese Communist Party(CCP) has launched an app for citizens to report other citizens for having a “Mistaken Opinion”.

The “Mistaken Opinions” include criticism of the CCP or anything defaming the leadership of the country. This app is coming out now that the country is approaching the 100th anniversary of the CCP and criticism of the party is growing in the country.

From Newsweek: 

This program allows internet users to report on others who spread “mistaken opinions” online in order to create a “good public opinion atmosphere,” the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a notice.

“For a while now, some people with ulterior motives…have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering and denying Party, national and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking,” the notice said. “We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising society…and enthusiastically report harmful information.”

The hotline is a crackdown on “historical nihilism,” a term used in China to describe public doubt or skepticism over the Chinese Communist Party’s account of the past, according to Reuters.

It is well known outside of the country that the CCP has manipulated text books and historical texts to portray a pro-communist message. The CCP also has a massive firewall where information on the internet from outside the country is generally unavailable to those inside the country, this has been done to continue widespread censorship and the propaganda effort.

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