Chinese court fines Web user in ‘cyber-violence’ case

In the first case involving cyberviolence and a “human flesh search engine” in China, a court has fined a Web site and an Internet user for posting personal and intimate details about an unfaithful husband, his mistress and a spurned wife who committed suicide.While the fines in the case were small, legal scholars said the ruling could carry a wider significance as the Chinese government and the Communist Party search for ways to police the Internet. A recent rise in online vigilantism could lead the authorities to issue more dramatic restrictions on Internet users and Web sites.

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