China Orders Weibo To Shut Down Streaming Services

Weibo broadcast political content that did not conform with state rules

The Chinese authorities have ordered the social media site Weibo to shut down its streaming services. The instruction has come from The State Administration for Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television, who said that Weibo had failed to obtain the “appropriate certificates” to provide such services. A statement from the government-led organisation said that Weibo had broadcast multiple political shows which failed to “conform with state rules”, and that amplified negative opinions. Weibo is one of three companies in China to have received the order recently, following similar blocks on Tencent and Sina last month. Baidu and Youku have also been impacted by the crackdown, after being told by the Cyberspace Administration of China to shut down multiple accounts judged to undermine socialist values.

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