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Internet regulator strengthens crackdown on illicit social media activity

Updated: Nov 17,2018 7:52 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has urged social media platforms to thoroughly “clean up” subscription-based accounts spreading illicit information, according to statement released on Nov 16.

It follows a campaign launched against illegal social media activities in October, in which more than 9,800 subscription-based accounts popular on WeChat, Weibo or news portals such as Toutiao, were punished.

CAC has summoned 10 social media platforms, including those run by Baidu, Tencent and Sina, requiring them to shut down accounts that spread lewd information, pornography or rumors, or publishing illegal advertisements.

The regulator said that social media platforms should never allow punished account operators to open new accounts to continue spreading illegal information.

The administration will coordinate with other departments for closer supervision over social media platforms and harshly punish those severely violating the regulations, said a CAC official.