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China Shuts Down Showbiz Tabloid Websites

Friday, June 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
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From The Hollywood Reporter:

China's top cyberspace regulator has instituted a sweeping clampdown on online media devoted to show business and celebrity gossip, a wildly popular corner of the mainland Chinese internet.

Authorities ordered internet companies to close 60 tabloid social media accounts, many with millions of followers, according to a post on the Beijing Cyberspace Administration's own social media account. The post explained that China's biggest internet companies, such as Tencent and Baidu, had been summoned to a meeting where they were told to take steps to rein in user accounts devoted to celebrity news.

"Websites must ... adopt effective measures to keep in check the problems of the embellishment of private sex scandals of celebrities, the hyping of ostentatious celebrity spending and entertainment, and catering to the poor taste of the public," the body said.

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