User contracts introduced by China's Weibo micoblog
May 28 , 2012
China's biggest microblogging service has introduced a code of conduct that explicitly limits the type of messages that can be posted.
Weibo, which is similar to Twitter, made the decision after local authorities criticized rumors posted by some users.
It is believed that a credit score system will be introduced with points deducted for rule breaches.
Repeat offenders could have their accounts deleted.
Authorities have been critical of false reports that have spread via sites like Weibo including news of the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and stories of a military coup in China.
However, users often abbreviate names or use code words to avoid detection.