HEADLINE 2 news apps punished for transmitting improper information

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2 news apps punished for transmitting improper information

By Yang Chuchu | People's Daily app

22:11, December 29, 2017

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A online screenshot of Toutiao (File photo)

Beiijing (People's Daily app) -- Beijing Internet authorities on December 29 suspended Toutiao and iFeng, two popular news applications in China, owing to their providing of pornographic and vulgar information and wrongly guiding public opinions.

Under the requirement, six channels of Toutiao suspend update for 24 hours from 6 pm December 29 to 6 pm December 30 while two channels of iFeng suspend renewal for 12 hours from 6 pm December 29 to 6 am December 30, according to Beijing Internet Information Office.

Officials from the office said that both Toutiao and iFeng have violated Internet regulations and transmitted pornographic and vulgar information, thus wrongly guiding online public opinions.

Without getting authorization for online news and information services, Toutiao illegally reproduced news from other websites and made misleading headlines, a violation of online transmission order, officials added.

The two companies said that they would immediately implement the requirements, and strengthen the management of their websites and personnel after they were summoned to meeting with Internet supervision officials.

In May 2017, the State Internet Information Office published a series of new rules on online information management, aiming at promoting the healthy development of Internet news and information services.

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