WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation

China’s largest social media platforms – Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba – are below investigation for alleged violations of cyber safety legal guidelines.

The Workplace for Our on-line world Administration mentioned the three platforms had did not police content material on their websites.

It mentioned folks had been utilizing the platforms to unfold terrorism-related materials, rumours and obscenities.

The breaches “jeopardised nationwide safety,” the administration mentioned.


Evaluation: China continues to tightens on-line guidelines

John Sudworth, BBC Information, Beijing

Weibo, WeChat and Baidu’s Tieba are among the many strongest social media platforms on the earth, every attracting lots of of hundreds of thousands of customers in China.

In China, posts are simply traceable by registered cellphone numbers and most of the people already know effectively the subjects and opinions to avoid.

However regardless of the tight surveillance and censorship, dissent nonetheless bubbles away and, forward of a extremely delicate Communist Social gathering Congress this autumn, the authorities are tightening these controls additional.

The transfer to position the three platforms below investigation will nearly actually immediate the websites’ homeowners to do much more to police their very own content material.

Final month 60 standard movie star gossip websites have been closed in a single day for corrupting “core socialist values,” and a brand new regulation launched in Could requires all on-line information portals to be managed by Communist Social gathering sanctioned editorial workers.


The authorities in China closely censor the web, routinely blocking content material or search phrases and eradicating posts they think about delicate.

Additionally they block overseas social media websites and apps, together with Fb, Instagram and Twitter.

Search engines like google and yahoo like Google are blocked, and entry to many overseas media shops is restricted too.

It’s also clamping down on customers who attempt to get across the restrictions, by tightening regulations on Virtual Private Networks.

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