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China shuts thousands of websites in censorship campaign

Sep 22, 2018 by

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against “harmful” online information, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday (Sept 22), citing the country’s illegal publication watchdog.

China keeps the Internet under tight control and has been cracking down on a range of illegal online activities including pornography, gambling, religious proselytising and even “spreading rumours”.

In a campaign that started in May, the authorities tackled 120 violations and ordered 230 firms to rectify irregularities. More than 147,000 pieces of harmful information were removed by the end of August, according to China’s National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications.

Source: China shuts thousands of websites in cleanup campaign, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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