06/16/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – A woman in China has experienced severe censorship due to her religious messages deemed illegal by the government on the app, DingTalk.
This news story comes after the implementation of the Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services in March of this year. Chinese officials claim that this initiative was necessary to address religious groups who have “set up virtual religious activity venues and religious institutions on the Internet…which disrupted and impacted the normal order of religious affairs management.”
According to China Christian Daily, the Christian complained to DingTalk, an enterprise communication and collaboration platform, and learned later that her post involving “illegal” religious messages violated one of the platform’s rules.
She has lost her user privileges previously on separate occasions, the longest being 28 days. It is common for Christians to be banned from using the platform after posting religious content.
Under China’s new measures, anyone who wants to share religious content online must “apply to the provincial departments of religious affairs, making a detailed statement on the licensing requirements, application materials, username, and the time limit for acceptance.”
Neither religious individuals nor organizations can convene together to share religious posts, teachings, or other information online unless they are registered and vetted by the state.
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