New restrictions on blogging site


China's best-known microblogging site has imposed new restrictions which punish those who post comments deemed offensive. Sina Weibo's rules. which came into effect this week, will sanction its 300 million users for spreading false news, divulging private information or launching public attacks.

Users will be allocated 80 points and will have points deducted for every infringement. If they fall to zero, their accounts will be closed. The move comes amid government nervousness over the growing influence of weibos - microblogs similar to Twitter - which have taken the country by storm in recent years.

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