Weibo punished by Chinese government for communication interference
China’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has apparently decided to punish Weibo for alleged interference with online communication. Weibo might also be faced with a fine, with CAC ordering their Beijing branch to fine Weibo.
As part of the punishment, Weibo can no longer update its lists of most popular search terms and topics being discussed on its platform for a week. The CAC did not go into details about what was the exact violation, aside from mentioning that the case involved a person with the surname Jiang.
Weibo was reportedly censoring posts of its users who were commenting about the relationship between a prominent social media influencer and senior Alibaba Group executive, Jiang Fan. The executive was later demoted after an internal investigation.
The CAC has previously forced Weibo to take some of its portals down after the CAC deemed them to be spreading obscene content.
Pokdepinion: Well at least it isn’t because their President’s posts were deleted, right?