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    China’s Online Censorship Also Serves as Fake News Shield

    This isn’t the Wild West. New internet restrictions in China ban anonymous users and hold creators of online chats and forums responsible for users’ comments. But China’s restrictive internet culture, subject to a high level of government control, has also been effective at blocking fake news and bots — both of which inundated the U.S. via Facebook and Twitter, spreading false information in advance of last year’s election. The price of online protection, however, includes curbs on political speech that are likely to be unpalatable to many Western democracies.

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