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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

A Chinese regulator fined Weibo for publishing illegal information

Weibo fined by Chinese regulator for publishing illegal information

Key Takeaway:

  • Chinese social media platform Weibo Corp is punished with a 3 million yuan fine by China’s internet regulator for repeatedly publishing illegal information.
  • It is said Beijing’s local cyberspace regulator had imposed 44 penalties on Weibo totaling 14.3 million yuan ($2.2 million) for the year to November.

Chinese social media platform Weibo Corp is punished with a 3 million yuan fine by China’s internet regulator for repeatedly publishing illegal information.

Chinese social media platform Weibo Corp is punished with a 3 million yuan fine. Image: business-standard

The Cyberspace Administration of China said Weibo had violated a cybersecurity law on protecting minors and other laws but did not provide further information.

It is said Beijing’s local cyberspace regulator had imposed 44 penalties on Weibo totaling 14.3 million yuan ($2.2 million) for the year to November.

The company, which operates a media similar to Twitter, has been ordered to “immediately rectify and deal with relevant responsible persons seriously,” the CAC stated in a statement.

Weibo stated in a statement it “sincerely accepts criticism” from the regulator and has established a workgroup in response to the penalty.

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The fine is the best in a string of penalties the regulator has imposed on tech companies this year and comes amid stricter oversight of a censored internet that has seen guidelines issued for news sites and online platforms. Authorities have stated they want to promote a “civilized” internet.

Such efforts include a crackdown on online “fan culture” and banning social media companies from aggressively promoting celebrities, saying they negatively influenced young people.

This month, the CAC fined Douban, a site for viewing movies, 1.5 million yuan citing “unlawful release of information.”

Source-CTV News

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