Brief: WeChat, Weibo, and Baidu caught in Chinese government cybersecurity probe

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The news (extracted from Reuters):

  • China’s Cyberspace Administration says it is investigating Tencent’s messaging app WeChat, microblogging site Weibo, and Baidu’s Tieba forum over suspected violations of the country’s strict cybersecurity laws.
  • The regulator says the tech companies are failing to comply with laws that ban content which is violent, obscene, or deemed offensive to the ruling Communist Party.
  • “Users [of the accused services] are spreading violence, terror, false rumors, pornography, and other hazards to national security, public safety, [and] social order,” the regulator said on its website.

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