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China launches crackdown on online porn, fake news outfits

News Agencies | Updated on: 23 May 2017, 12:36 IST
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China has launched a fresh month- long crackdown on online pornography and fake news organisations in 11 provincial-level regions to clean up "harmful" information, an official said today.

Four teams of inspectors are undertaking the probe into online pornography and fake news organisations across 11 Chinese provincial-level regions.

The month-long investigation, which will finish on May 26, aims to clean up "harmful" information online, targeting live-streaming, cloud service providers, mobile apps and websites circulating pornographic content, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said in a statement.

Inspectors are also tasked with looking into news blackmailing, fake news, journalists and media organisations, it said.

Jointly launched by China's various anti-pornography, publicity and Internet-related authorities, the investigation is being carried out in areas including Beijing and Shanghai municipalities, as well as provinces of Guizhou, Jiangxi and Shaanxi, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

-PTI

First published: 23 May 2017, 12:36 IST
 
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