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Latest Online Cleanup Targets Chat Groups

The Cyberspace Administration of China's heightened oversight of online chat groups extends a recent broader crackdown on a wide range of activity the government considers illegal. Photo: IC
The Cyberspace Administration of China's heightened oversight of online chat groups extends a recent broader crackdown on a wide range of activity the government considers illegal. Photo: IC

A new government clampdown is aimed at controlling illegal activity like pornography, gambling and discussion of sensitive topics in a booming number of online groups, prompting derision from some, as others predicted that many will find ways to skirt the increased oversight.

The rollout of the guidelines last week by the Cyberspace Administration of China extends a recent broader crackdown on a wide range of activity the government considers illegal. China has engaged in a similar clampdown this year against the booming live online streaming sector, in a movement that has seen hundreds of channels taken down and hosts of such channels reprimanded and punished.

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