China fines Tencent, Baidu, Weibo for failing to censor online content

Tuesday 26 September 2017 | 07:13 CET | News
The Cyberspace Administration of China has imposed maximum penalties to Tencent, Baidu and Weibo for failing to properly censor online content. The watchdog said the firms would receive the "maximum penalty" for failing to remove fake news and pornography as well as content that "incites ethic tension" and "threatens social order", Reuters reports. This is the first time that the Cyberspace Administration has levied the maximum fines against technology companies under a new law introduced in June, as it seeks to strengthen its control on the internet.

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Baidu / Tencent / Weibo
Countries: China
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