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China sets new rules for Internet

Jail if Web posts are seen as libel

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have further tightened controls of social media, warning that people who post comments deemed libelous that are reposted 500 or more times will face defamation charges and up to three years in prison.

Judicial authorities have said the rules also apply to people whose posts are viewed by at least 5,000 Internet users.

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