On October 30, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China promulgated the Administrative Measures for Content Management Personnel in Internet News Information Services Entities ( the “Measures”), which went into effect on December 1, 2017. The Measures seek to promote orderly development of news information services on the Internet and enhance the administration of content management personnel as well as safeguard the rights and interests of the general public. The Measures are highlighted below:
4. The Measures sets up a comprehensive regulatory and administrative system for the personnel primarily in two aspects. One is the administrative measures of Internet information departments, which are required to enhance the administration of personnel, the backup of information systems, the creation of credit files and blacklists, and the appropriate measures to take against illegal acts. The other relates to the administrative measures of Internet news information service entities and involves enhanced regular management and education of personnel and imposing administrative and penal measures against them for violations.