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Taobao and Weibo fined by China for illegal children’s content

07/21/2021 at 10:32 AM CEST

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China’s internet watchdog has ordered some of the country’s largest online platforms to remove inappropriate content related to children. Kuaishou, Tencent’s QQ messaging tool, Alibaba’s Taobao and Weibo have been summoned by the Administration of China Cyberspace (CAC).

CAC says that platforms must “rectify” and “clean” all illegal content and has fined them. The announcement comes as Beijing cracks down on tech companies. In a statement, the CAC said that “the operation is focused on solving seven types of prominent online problems that endanger the physical and mental health of minors.”

They were: Children on live broadcasts and becoming influential on social media, promoting the “cult of money” and extravagance, pornographic and violent content, inappropriate cartoons that had erotic and violent content. Forums that encourage behaviors such as suicide or participation in child pornography and fan clubs in which children participated in fundraising activities have also been fought.

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