China shuts down 18,489 ‘illegal’ websites – The Hindu BusinessLine

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China, which tightly controls the country’s internet access, shut down 18,489 “illegal” websites last year and issued warning notices to 4,551 online platforms, according to the official media.

Critics allege that the crackdown includes websites that carry critical content not approved by the government.

Cyberspace administration departments in 2020 also launched a series of campaigns to purge cyberspace of platforms promoting illegal activities, exerting a negative influence on society and containing information harmful to juveniles, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The CAC continues to direct provincial-level cyberspace administration departments in dealing with illegal websites and online platforms and intensifying law enforcement in this regard, the report said.

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