China probes social media platforms for obscenityStaff Writer | August 12, 2017
China has launched probes into three of its largest social networking platforms over the suspected dissemination of violence and obscenity—the latest move aimed at sanitising the country's increasingly closed-off internet.
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Citing reports from internet users, the administration said other users on WeChat, Weibo and Tieba's platforms "have disseminated content showing violence, terrorism, fake rumours, obscene pornography and more".
Such materials "endanger national security, public security and the social order" and are illegal under a cybersecurity law that came into force in June, the agency said.
China's internet is already considered one of the most tightly-controlled in the world, with a censorship system known as the "Great Firewall". ■