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Online Platforms To Be Investigated By Chinese Authorities To 'Clean Up' Internet


Online Platforms To Be Investigated By Chinese Authorities To 'Clean Up' Internet
Chinese authorities have now embarked on a mission to curb down on fake accounts and information and plans to conduct a critical evaluation of a host of online platforms in the country such as social media networks and video-sharing sites. This clampdown is a part of the wider aim of China to "clean up" the internet, according to a statement from the cyber regulator of the country.
A Special operation to target deceptive online behaviors, which would last for two months, is to be launched by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which would include strategies such as increasing engagement figures and making payments to get fake fans and reviews, the agency said.
This move by the regulator follows a much wider crackdown by authorities on a number of internet-based sectors as the regulator imposed stricter oversight of companies in technology, real estate, gaming, education, cryptocurrencies, and finance industries with an online presence.
According to a statement posted on the website of the regulator, a video conference was held recently by the CAC which was attended by its provincial and municipal bodies from all over the country.
"The conference noted that at present, fabricating online traffic, malicious public relations and comments-for-cash ... harm the legitimate rights and interests of netizens," said the statement from the CAC.
It added that this move by it the "final battle" in the CAC's drive "clean up" the internet.
Earlier this year, the special operations of the regulator have included cracking down on celebrity fandom, usage of the internet by minors in the country, and also discussions of historical events that differ from the official narrative promoted by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
The latest statement about the investigation from the CAC however did not mention names of any companies or individuals. But the VCAC said that the focal points of the operation would include a host of online platforms – ranging from platforms that host film and books reviews, short videos, and social networking sites.
Earlier this month, the CAC had imposed fines for posting unlawful content on Douban, an online platform where films are reviewed and discussions on various social topics are held by tens of millions of Chinese users, and the micro-blogging site Weibo.
A framework and guidelines for constructing a "civilized" internet were published by China's State Council in September this year in which it said that the web should be utilized for promoting education about the ruling Communist Party and its achievements.