|Along with current restrictions on internet social networks in China, this week the 人民日报 - People's Daily, the state-affiliated newspaper, highlighted the issue of 'internet rumors', making it a top news topic once more. The articles published, like the one here, did not provide new information, but rather went one step further in clarifying the Chinese state's concern with this issue.
In recent years, along with the fast development of cell-phone SMS, immediate communication tools, Weibo microblogging and other new media developments, internet rumors have also increased. The modern information technology which spreads rumors creates a huge risk. Internet rumors affect social stability, bringing disorder into the social order and even damaging the national image.
Many internet rumors are directed against public personage, social ethics and the fundamental social system. The harm is very extensive. This type of rumors basically destroys the public confidence in the governments, society and political system. This brings about severe confusion to one's thinking, influencing people's faith in the Chinese reforms and the stable development of China. For example, in the past a person has started an internet rumor by saying "military vehicles are entering Beijing", "gunshots were heard in Beijing in the night". People responsible for these fabrications were in fact already punished.
These kinds of rumors easily create panic in people's hearts and affect social stability. Therefore, internet rumors can produce an extremely negative effect. As long as there is a technological factor, there is also a social factor. Concerning the technological factor, internet is representative of how information technology promotes the circulation of news. Concerning the social factor, internet rumors take advantage of some internet users, as the propagation of internet rumors allows people to release out their negative mood.
From the angle of the government and other authoritative organizations, when rumors abrupt there is an immediate need to give an announcement. Citizens on their behalf should strengthen their sense of social responsibility and not fabricate facts.
 手机短信 shǒujī duǎnxìn - Cell phone SMS
 通讯工具 tōngxùn gōngjù - Communication tools
 网络谣言 wǎngluò yáoyán - Internet rumors
 信息技术 xìnxījìshù - Information technology
 社会秩序 shèhuì zhìxù - Social order
 公众人物 gōngzhòng rénwù - Public personage
 伦理道德 lúnlǐ dàodé - Ethics
 政治制度 zhèngzhì zhìdù - Political system
 思想混乱 sīxiǎng hùnluàn - Confused thinking
 稳定发展 wěndìng fāzhǎn - Stable development
 枪声 qiāng shēng - Gunshot
 凭空捏造 píngkōngniēzào - Fabricate
 恐慌心理 kǒnghuāng xīnlǐ - Panicked heart
 负面影响 fùmiàn yǐngxiǎng - Negative effect
 信息的流动 xìnxī de liúdòng - Circulation of news
 宣泄 xuān xiè - Rant
 权威机构 quánwēi jīgòu - Authoritative organizations
 社会责任感 shèhuì zérèn gǎn - Sense of social responsibility