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Weibo forced to suspend for spreading obscene content

China shut down as many as 128,000 websites

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BEIJING, China - China’s internet watchdog has said that the social media site Weibo has been ordered to suspend several of its portals offline for a week.

The order was passed after the watchdog alleged Weibo spread obscene and wrongly oriented content.

In a statement, the Beijing office of the Cyberspace Administration of China said, “Content of wrong public opinion orientation, obscenity and ethnic discrimination continued to spread on Sina Weibo.” 

Meanwhile, Weibo said in a statement that it accepted the criticism and was suspending key portals such as its hot search site and portal on celebrities and their personal lives for a week.

Over the last few months, the Chinese government has been tightening controls over internet content as part of efforts to maintain “social stability,” taking on “vulgar” and pornographic content.

It is also cracking down on the unauthorized dissemination of news.

According to figures released by the state media, in 2017, China shut down as many as 128,000 websites that contained obscene and other harmful information.

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