Social media platforms probed for breaking China cyber security laws

Ding Xiaoxiao China Plus Published: 2017-08-11 17:19:13
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China's largest social media platforms, WeChat, Weibo and Baidu Tieba, are under investigation on suspicion of breaking national cyber security laws.

The notice issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China relating to WeChat, Weibo and Baidu Tieba [Photo: CAC.gov.cn]

The notice issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China relating to WeChat, Weibo and Baidu Tieba [Photo: CAC.gov.cn]

According to the Cyberspace Administration of China, some content found on WeChat, Weibo and Baidu Tieba, involves terrorism, rumors and obscenities, threatening the security of the nation, public security and social order.

The administration adds that the three platforms had failed to police the content on their sites.

It's urged the conscientious implementation and greater enforcement of cyber security laws, and is urging users to tip off law violations, by dialing 12377, or via the website www.12377.cn, or they can use the email address jubao@12377.cn. 

Responding to the investigation, Baidu Tieba says the platform will work with the government to rectify and regulate content on its site to prevent the spread of unwholesome material in the future.

China's highly popular social media platform WeChat [File photo: Baidu]

China's highly popular social media platform WeChat [File photo: Baidu]

WeChat, Weibo and Baidu Tieba are the largest social media platforms in China, each attracting hundreds of millions of users.



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