Chinese technology giant Sina, which runs the highly popular micro-blogging platform Weibo, will face suspension of its internet news services if it fails to improve censorship of illegal content.
According to Shanghai Daily, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) recently confronted Sina bosses over “massive numbers of public complaints about its law violations.” CAC has reportedly received over 6,000 complaints about Sina, the most of any web portal.
In an incredibly long-winded sentence, CAC said “Sina has spread illegal information related to rumors, violence and terrorism, pornography, swindling, advocation of heresies and has distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype.”
As if the list of charges wasn’t long enough, Sina has apparently also “published some false news because of hurry and its censorship of user accounts has been poor, undermining online order and damaging public interests.”
The company has been asked to deal with these complaints and improve their management, otherwise the CAC will “seriously” punish them, which could involve a complete shut down of their online news platform.
Sina is no stranger to conflicts with Chinese authorities. During a campaign against pornography last year, Sina was dragged across the coals and threatened to have its publication licence revoked if it carried on publishing content which was described as “imperiling social morals and seriously harming minors’ physical and mental health.”
By Dominic Jackson