Chinese Regulator Fines Weibo, Continues Crackdown on Social Media Companies

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s internet regulator, has fined social media platform Weibo with 3 million yuan ($470,000) for publishing illegal information. The regulator said the social media platform violated a cybersecurity law on the protection of minors.

CAC also said it had imposed 44 penalties on Weibo from January to November, totaling 14.3 million yuan.

The regulator said in its statement that it ordered the microblogging site to deal with the responsible persons seriously.

Weibo said it would work with the regulator to deal with the issue and established a working group in response.

China has been getting tough on tech companies this year and issued new guidelines for online news sites and social media platforms. The authorities said they wanted to promote a “civilized internet”. The efforts include banning social media companies to aggressively promote celebrities for being a bad influence on young people.

The CAC has fined Douban, a movie review site, earlier this month with 1.5 million yuan for unlawful release of information.

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