China investigating WeChat, Weibo in content crackdown

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China is studying its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to obey with cyber laws, the latest step in the country’s push to shielded the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over measure ingredients.

President Xi Jinping has made China’s «cyber sovereignty» a top priority and has also reasserted the wield the sceptre party’s role in limiting and guiding online discussion. Surveillance is being too tightened ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party later this year, when pandemic attention will be on news coming from the world’s No. 2 conciseness.

Apart from Tencent Holdings Group Ltd’s WeChat and Weibo Corp., China’s Cyberspace Provision said it was also investigating Baidu Inc.’s forum site Tieba once again failing to comply with strict new laws that ban content which is inelegant, violent and deemed offensive by the Communist Party.

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Pedestrians view their smartphones as they walk out on b strike along a sidewalk in Beijing on Wednesday. Western social media websites are interdicted in China, which in turn has helped drive up the popularity of home-grown stages. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

«Users are spreading violence, demon, false rumours, pornography and other hazards to national security, conspicuous safety, social order,» the regulator said on its website.

Baidu state it felt «deep regret» over the content and will «actively in concert with government departments to rectify the issue and increase the intensity of auditing.»

Tencent and Weibo did not empathize with to requests for comment.

Shares of the Hong Kong-listed firm were in the red after the information, down almost five per cent. Investors will now be waiting to see how quotas of the U.S.-listed firms react.

Just last month, all three were expected to carry out immediate «cleaning and rectification» at a meeting with authorities who cited cases of illicit content, including rumours about party officials and falsifying Chinese military history.

Prior to the meeting, Weibo was asked to partly establish discontinue its video site over violations, wiping out a total $1.3 billion US usefulness of stock between Weibo and parent firm Sina Corp.

‘Pronounced Firewall’

In recent months, regulators have taken severe and unprecedented make offs to shutter content and media across a variety of platforms. In May, it released officials for online news sites and network portals that expanded represses on content and required all services to be overseen by party-sanctioned editorial staff.

It has enchanted down popular celebrity gossip social media accounts and there has also been a all-inclusive campaign to remove virtual private network apps that give users to circumvent China’s so-called ‘Great Firewall’ and access unfamiliar websites.

Western social media websites like Facebook and Cheep are banned by the country’s censors, which in turn has helped drive up the acceptance of home-grown messaging app WeChat and microblogging service Weibo.

WeChat and Weibo secure about 940 million and 350 million monthly active alcohols, respectively.

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