No, there was no coup in China this past week, as several news sites claimed there had been. Chinese authorities arrested six people and silenced numerous websites for reporting the rumor that military vehicles were seen on the streets of Beijing. —ARK
The State Internet Information Office said the rumours had a “very bad influence on the public”.
The office said 16 websites had been closed down for carrying the posts.
A spokesman for the office told state news agency Xinhua that a number of other people had been “admonished or educated”.