China Threatens to Suspend Web Portal's News Services

BEIJING (DPA) – Chinese web portal and social media company Sina will have its internet news services suspended if it fails to improve its censorship of illegal content, state media said Saturday.

Citing alleged "massive numbers of public complaints about its law violations," the Cyberspace Administration of China summoned Sina executives to a meeting in Beijing late Friday, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Sina had "spread illegal information related to rumors, violence and terrorism, pornography, swindling, advocation of heresies and has distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype," the regulator said on its website.

If the company fails to meet the administration's requirements, it would be "seriously" punished, it said.

Sina's executives pledged to intensify censorship and publish more information with "positive energy," Xinhua said.

Since President Xi Jinping came to power in early 2013, the Communist Party has overseen a massive campaign to bring China's internet under stricter government control.



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