The rules come into effect on January 1, 2020, and violations could be deemed as criminal [File: Andy Wong/AP]

China has issued new rules banning online video and audio providers from using artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality technologies to produce “fake news”.

The regulation published on Friday by China’s cyberspace authority said both providers and users of online video news and audio services were “not allowed” to use new technologies such as deep learning and virtual reality to create, distribute and broadcast “fake news”.

“Fake news” has been generalised to mean anything from a mistake to a parody or a deliberate misinterpretation of facts.


The rules come into effect on January 1, 2020.

Failure to follow them could be considered a

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