China goes after panic sowers
A total of 197 people have been targeted in a special campaign by Chinese police against online rumors about China's stock market, the recent fatal explosions in Tianjin or other key events, according to Xinhua News Agency.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Public Security on Sunday said that 165 online accounts were closed for relevant violations, the report says.
The statement said people targeted by campaign expressed repentance over their misconduct that has "caused panic, misled the public and resulted in disorders in stock market or society."
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