Teenager first to be arrested under China's draconian anti-gossip law

A 16-year-old has become the first person to be arrested in China under the country's controversial anti-gossip law.

The teenager, whose identity has not been revealed, appears to be the first victim of the newly-imposed limits over what can be said online.

China's supreme court has warned that anyone spreading a rumour online would face three years in prison if more than 5,000 people see it or 500 repost it. The measures have been criticised for their potential to suppress free speech.

According to the Beijing Times, the boy was arrested for posting criticisms on social network Weibo over the police's handling of a death in the community.