China’s Cyberspace Administration announces first state level investigations under Cybersecurity Law

August 15, 2017

China’s Cyberspace Administration announced that it has commenced investigations into Tencent Wechat, Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba for violation of China’s Cybersecurity Law late last week (11 August 2017). More particularly, the Cyberspace Administration is looking into whether these service providers have been disseminating information which violate national security, public security and social order and/or have failed to exercise their management duties over “prohibited information” disseminated by their users. “Prohibited information” includes violent or horrific contents, fake rumours, pornographic materials, and any other information which endangers national security, public security or social order. In its announcement, the Cyberspace Administration reiterated that it would seriously implement the Cybersecurity Law, step up its monitoring of internet content, and prosecute violations in accordance with the law.

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