The Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) issued the Administrative Provisions on Information Services on Microblogs (“Provisions”) on 2 February 2018. The general administrative approach is consistent with several provisions published by CAC in 2017 regulating the operation of subscription accounts, Internet forum and community services.

According to the Provisions, microblog service providers shall hire adequate professionals and possess technical capacities suitable to their respective scale. They shall establish information review systems, information security management and emergency response systems. If a microblog service provider wants to engage in Internet news publication, it must obtain the Internet news information service licence.

Microblog service providers shall execute service agreements with microblog service users to specify their respective rights and obligations. Microblog service providers are responsible for conducting the identity verification and registration process for the users.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Provisions.