China has shut down 50 websites and social media accounts for offences such as pornography and publishing political news without a permit, Reuters reported, citing the nation’s cyberspace watchdog.
Authorities shut 17 public pages on the mobile social messaging app Weixin, also known as WeChat in English, as well as 24 websites and 9 channels or columns on websites, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) was quoted as saying in a statement Tuesday.
The Weixin accounts were said to have been shut down during the past two months.
Some of the other offences listed by CAC include publishing fake information under the guise of the government or media, and publishing information related to gambling or fraud.
Jiang Jun, a spokesman for CAC, was quoted as saying that the agency will regularly publish a “black list” of violators.
China blocks many social media services, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Google, along with many rights groups sites and some foreign media agencies.
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