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China cracks down on illegal, false online advertising

Updated: Jul 21,2018 6:17 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China cracked down on 8,104 illegal and false online advertisements in the first half of 2018, up 64.2 percent year-on-year, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR).

Fines totaling 116.7 million yuan ($17.42 million) were imposed during the period, up 17 percent year-on-year, official data showed.

On July 20, the administration issued 30 typical cases of illegal and false online advertisements covering various sectors, including healthcare, real estate, food, and education.

In February, the administration launched a campaign to regulate online advertising and improve market order.

Local authorities have been making collective efforts to crack down on various types of illegal and false advertising and have made significant achievements, according to the administration.