Chinese Social Media under the scanner after violations

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A picture illustration shows icons of WeChat and Weibo app in Beijing, December 5, 2013. An unprecedented Nov. 14 leak of China's Communist Party reform plans fuelled China's biggest stock market rally in two months as it spread on microblogs and passed from smartphone to smartphone on WeChat, a three-year-old social messaging app developed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. WeChat, or Weixin in Chinese, meaning "micromessage", leapt from 121 million global monthly active users at the end of September 2012 to 272 million in just a year. It has quickly become the news source of choice for savvy mobile users in China, where a small army of censors scrub the country's Internet of politically sensitive news and "harmful" speech. Unlike popular microblogging services such as Sina Corp's Sina Weibo, where messages can reach millions of people in minutes, WeChat allows users to communicate in small, private circles of friends, and send text and voice messages for free - a big part of its success. Weibo has been particularly singled-out in the ongoing crackdown on "rumour-mongering" by China's stability-obsessed government, which views public protest as a threat to its authority. But WeChat has not escaped the government's attention, and its explosive growth means it is attracting more scrutiny than ever from the authorities. The Chinese characters above reads "China Mobile". Picture taken December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TELECOMS) - RTX16EHL

Guwahati/ 11th August’2017 (Prag News Desk): Popular social media applications of China under investigation for alleged violations of cyber security laws. The country’s internet watchdog announced that social application Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba were in the investigation list on Friday. The Office for Cyberspace Administration said the mention social application failed to monitor content, source added. Officials said that people were using such social platforms to spread terrorism including rumours were being spread among the people which included in offence and crime. Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba were listed among the most popular social media application where millions of users engaged with it in China. China had blocked global social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram including global search engine like Google. The Chinese authorities heavily censor the internet as many popular sites were closed down immediately for corrupting as the administrations were routinely blocking content and removing post.

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