Top Chinese university weighs a ban on swearing online

Beijing University, one of China's top academic institutions, is considering a rule to ban its students form using obscenity or spreading rumors online, Xinhua reports. Rules may also affect faculty.

Beijing University, one of China's top academic institutions, is considering a rule to ban its students form using obscenity or spreading rumors online, Xinhua reports. Rules may also affect faculty.

It's not clear if the enforcement would include any online speech by students or if it would be limited to university forums.

News of the possible regulations comes a few months after a popular student bulletin board--a physical board, not the campus BBS--was taken down by university authorities. Xinhua writes:

The university, concerned about abusive comments and rumors on Internet forums, is considering amending its "Student Rules," which students in the university are supposed to take as moral guidance and abide by, President Xu Zhihong has told the Beijing Morning Post.

[via CDT]

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