China probes online porn, fake news organizations

Beijing: Four teams of inspectors are undertaking a month-long investigation into online pornography and fake news organisations across 11 Chinese provincial-level regions, an official said on Monday.

The probe, which will finish on May 26, aims to clean up “harmful” information online, targeting live-streaming, cloud service providers, mobile apps and websites circulating pornographic content, Xinhua news agency cited the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications as saying.

The inspectors are also tasked with looking into news blackmailing, fake news, journalists and media organisations, said the statement.

Jointly launched by China’s various anti-pornography, publicity and internet-related authorities, the investigation is being carried out in areas including Beijing and Shanghai municipalities, as well as provinces of Guizhou, Jiangxi and Shaanxi.

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