Date
23 September 2017
China is cracking down on websites that spread pornographic or violent content or promote gambling. Photo: comic.qq.com
China is cracking down on websites that spread pornographic or violent content or promote gambling. Photo: comic.qq.com

Baidu, Tencent penalized in China internet ‘cleanup’ drive

Mainland authorities are said to be penalizing several internet firms including Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) for spreading harmful content such as pornography and violence.

As part of a campaign to “clean up” the internet, the Ministry of Culture has been cracking down on entities that failed to curb pornography, gambling and violence on websites.

A total of 21 websites have been scrutinized and are facing punitive action, according to state media.

China Telecom Corp. (00728) is said to be among those facing fines.

The culture ministry recently published its 22nd list of disciplinary targets, mainly online platforms for mobile games, comics and motion pictures, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The websites have been told to withdraw, edit or delete the harmful content.

Meanwhile, state media is yet to publish the details of the punitive actions.

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