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Toutiao, Phoenix News Punished for Allegedly Spreading Porn

China’s cyberspace watchdog on Friday temporarily suspended two popular mobile news apps, Toutiao and Phoenix News, for allegedly spreading pornographic content and operating without relevant licenses. Photo: IC
China’s cyberspace watchdog on Friday temporarily suspended two popular mobile news apps, Toutiao and Phoenix News, for allegedly spreading pornographic content and operating without relevant licenses. Photo: IC

Toutiao and Phoenix News, two of China's popular news apps, were punished by the internet watchdog for spreading pornographic content and providing news services without the necessary licenses.

The Beijing Cyberspace Administration ordered Toutiao, operated by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. Ltd., to suspend updating six news channels, including Recommendations, Hotspot and Business, for 24 hours beginning from 6 P.M. Friday. Meanwhile, Phoenix News, run by New York-listed Phoenix New Media Ltd., was told to suspend updating two channels for 12 hours.

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