BEIJING — Chinese authorities closed the websites of nine illegal social organizations and banned their public accounts on social media platforms Wechat and Weibo in accordance with the law, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said on May 7.
The campaign was jointly carried out by the MCA and cyberspace affairs as well as telecom authorities, following reports that websites of some illicit social organizations that had been prohibited were still in operation.
The MCA and the Ministry of Public Security had launched a crackdown on illegal social organizations between last April and December. A total of 5,845 had been investigated and handled and over 300 suspected ones exposed.
The ministry said it will continue to beef up the crackdown and strengthen online and offline inspections, adding that those incorrigible founders of illegal organizations will be blacklisted by relevant authorities.
The ministry said members of the public can check registration information of social organizations at www.chinanpo.gov.cn.
The country currently has more than 800,000 registered social organizations, according to the MCA.