The Chinese government is quite strict to the services that provide information which does not correspond to the rules and regulations of the country. Usually, such accounts or services are banned or some limitations are established.
This time China, namely the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has forbidden blockchain services providers to distribute illegal content by publishing a set of blockchain regulations, named “Blockchain Information Service Management Regulations.”
According to these rules, blockchain providers do not have the right to “produce, duplicate, publish, [or] disseminate” information that is prohibited in China. They also need to register their companies in special agencies. Upon the registration, providers are to indicate their name, server addresses and service types. The services, which do not comply with the rules, will be fined from $737 to $4,420 depending on the severity of the offense.
Previously, the blockchain network was used by residents of China to evade censorship rules. For instance, the supporters of #MeToo movement have posted their stories on the Ethereum blockchain, so that they will not be deleted.
Another example is posted by Twitter user (nickname: @readkrystalhu):
blockchain VS censorship in China: Peking University student Yue Xin said school forced her to drop info disclosure request on an ex-prof's sexual harassment case. Her letter got removed from social media so people put it on blockchain "no one can change it, everyone can read it" pic.twitter.com/Kj98RwnuKF
— Krystal Hu (@readkrystalhu) April 23, 2018
In this regards, the Chinese authorities have made such a decision. No one knows whether it is for good or for bad. All we can be sure of is that censorship in China is extremely severe.
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