(Yicai Global) April 12 -- Chinese social network operator Weibo Corp. deleted more than 1.5 million posts and banned 85,000 users last month as part of a nationwide crackdown on vulgar online content.
The Beijing-based firm began clearing out users and posts in February, the Global Times cited Zhu Wei, a professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, as saying. The platform had 392 million active users last year, of which 15.7 percent are adolescents, according to data published by its own data center.
China’s State Administration of Radio and Television is stepping up supervision of online posts as it looks to prevent the distribution of harmful content. The watchdog began the sweep on April 4, when it based Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., which runs leading news aggregator Toutiao, and short video platform operator Beijing Kuaishou Technology Co. for broadcasting content that violated social ethics.
Weibo intercepted nearly 300,000 pornographic posts and closed the 7,362 accounts behind them, which included real-name verified users, the report added. The posts directed viewers to a third-party platform which provided erotic online services involving underage females.
Other shady accounts were involved in online fraud. State-owned broadcaster CCTV reported in July 2017 that such users had scammed 37 netizens out of around CNY670,000 (USD107,000) in a single month.
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