Technology China’s censorship crackdown targets WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu

10:51  12 august  2017
10:51  12 august  2017 Source:   MSN

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China ' s censorship laws, passed in June, are now being applied as officials crackdown on WeChat , Weibo , and Baidu run social media with investigations. China Targets Social-Media Giants WeChat , Weibo in Cybersecurity Probe on The Wall Street Journal. World.

Nearly 250 human rights lawyers and activists in China have been targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown since July 2015. The blocking of the 709 Crackdown -related keyword combinations showcases that censorship on Chinese social media such as WeChat and Weibo is dynamic and

  China’s censorship crackdown targets WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu © Provided by The Next Web Chinese officials have begun investigations into content shared on the country’s largest social media platforms. The crackdown comes as part of China’s new censorship laws. WeChat, a messaging platform with over a billion users, is at the heart of the sweep, along with networks run by Baidu and Weibo.

According to the Wall Street Journal China’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration, states preliminary findings indicated users were not only sharing terror-related content, they were also spreading rumors, and sending pornography. Chinese officials said in a statement:

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China ' s censorship crackdown targets WeChat , Weibo , and Baidu . Tristan Greene.

Researchers at Citizen Lab have noticed a censorship crackdown on WeChat and Weibo in wake of the death of Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo last week.

Cyberspace Administration departments will earnestly implement the cybersecurity law and related regulations, further increase efforts to enforce legal supervision over internet content, and investigate illegal activity on the internet according to law.

The Chinese government has a habit of changing direction when it comes to censoring the internet. At one point, officials claimed China did not censor its internet. They also said they didn’t block VPNs. Turns out, they definitely censor the internet and block VPNs.

All three companies are cooperating. In fact, official statements paint a combined picture of chagrin; each is taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In the US, where the idea of censorship is commonly greeted with vitriol, companies like Google and Facebook also ban certain content. There’s a distinction to be made though, between terror-related videos and spreading rumors.

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The latest internet crackdown is targeted at user-generated content from more than 1.5 billion accounts on Baidu ’s “Tieba” forums, Weibo ’s Twitter-like micro-blogging platforms, and Tencent’s WeChat messaging service, as they Kaiqi believes she's the reincarnation of ancient China ' s royalty.

Local Internet regulators in Beijing and South China ' s Guangdong Province have launched investigations into three popular social networks Based on Net users' reports as well as preliminary surveys, WeChat , Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba were found to have contained rumors and violent

China continues to restrict and censor content in its attempts to gain complete control over communication. This presents a problem for researchers, and safety concerns for travelers.

The new laws surrounding censorship and VPNs are bound to effect those who’ve traditionally conducted business in China while using workarounds to The Great Firewall. That’s illegal now.

If you were in China right now, you wouldn’t be reading TNW — according to this domain checker:

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