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WeChat Widens Crackdown on Celebrity Gossip

By April Ma
WeChat has recently shut down dozens of widely followed accounts in accordance with the demands of internet regulators. Photo: IC
WeChat has recently shut down dozens of widely followed accounts in accordance with the demands of internet regulators. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — WeChat — China’s most popular social networking app, on which millions of original articles are created, read and shared daily — has recently shut down dozens of widely followed accounts in accordance with the demands of internet regulators.

Tencent Holdings Ltd., the internet giant that operates WeChat, followed orders from the Guangdong branch of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and closed 32 WeChat subscription accounts beginning Thursday. Among the accounts closed was that of Harper’s Bazaar, and the celebrity gossip weekly owned by Southern Metropolis, one of the nation’s largest media groups.

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