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Metro rumormonger punished

A man who confessed to spreading online rumors about hearing an explosion on the subway network will be given an administrative punishment, Shanghai Metro police said yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Zhou, said he heard about a Line 1 train experiencing a technical problem on Monday and decided to pass the news on to fellow Internet users via Weibo.

But instead of stating the facts, Zhou elaborated them to make it sound like there had been an explosion on the line, police said. In actual fact, the train encountered a power problem while traveling between Xujiahui and Hengshan Road stations at 10:40am on Monday. When it arrived at Hengshan Road, passengers were asked to disembark and the train was taken out of service. Normal service was resumed about 10 minutes later.

Zhou told police that he made up his version of events in a bid to attract more followers, but when his post rapidly spread he panicked and deleted it.

Police said he will be given an administrative punishment for spreading a rumor related to public safety.


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