HEADLINE Weibo flags 1,532 accounts for posting 'harmful information'

HEADLINE

Weibo flags 1,532 accounts for posting 'harmful information'

By Wang Yi | People's Daily app

22:40, May 15, 2018

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Beijing (People's Daily) - China's Sina Weibo Tuesday issued its first monthly content supervision notice, saying that it had flagged 1,532 accounts in April for "posting harmful information about current affairs." 

In the statement, the Twitter-like microblogging platform said it will continue to release its punishment notices on harmful, illegal content involving accounts every month, in order to implement the "Weibo community rules" which were amended this January.

All these Weibo accounts are banned from commenting, publishing or restricted from accepting visits, or will be permanently closed. 

Besides, Weibo also closed 6,347 accounts that involved pornography, shut down 39,800 accounts for publishing junk information, and froze 28,300 accounts run by robots, said the statement.

The social media platform had temporarily suspended some of its popular features in January after coming under fire from the Cyberspace Administration of Beijing for spreading "harmful content."

In the supervision notice, Weibo also called for netizens to report illegal and irregular content and behavior, and pledged to optimize related products and processes.

According to its 2018 first quarter reports, Weibo's monthly active users (MAUs) reached to 411 million, with mobile MAUs accounting for 93 percent of that total.

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