Chinese media regulator clamps down on Toutiao news site for posting vulgar content

April 10, 2018
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Meng Jing
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China has been tightening its grip on the internet and clamping down on content deemed inappropriate

China’s media regulator ordered the country’s most widely used news site, Jinri Toutiao, to shut down one of its popular online accounts and step up efforts to clean up vulgar content, the latest instance of a government crackdown on online media.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) demanded Toutiao permanently shut down the account of Neihan Duanzi, an external content producer that regularly posted stories, photos and short videos deemed “vulgar”, according to a statement posted by the regulator on its official WeChat account on Tuesday. Neihan Duanzi had more than 4.1 million followers on Toutiao.

The regulator also called on Toutiao to close down other similar content creators to “regulate order in the broadcasting environment and clean up cyberspace”, according to the statement. Continue Reading

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