The department in charge of censorship in the network in China, the China Cyberspace Administration (CAC), announced the suspension of more than 9,800 accounts on social networks considering that they published information that was outside the established legal framework.
This campaign of "cleaning and rectification of a series of uncontrolled phenomena" started on October 20, explained the CAC in a statement issued last night.
The censor accused popular social platforms such as WeChat – the Chinese equivalent of WhatsApp, owned by the technological giant Tencent – and Sina Weibo – the Chinese Twitter – of "lack of responsibility, negligent management and tolerance to the wild proliferation" of this type of accounts. .
According to the document, some of these users "spread harmful political information, maliciously altered the history of the Party and the country, slandered heroes and discredited the image of the country."
"Others created rumors, disseminated false information and disturbed the normal social order," he added.
The CAC also indicates that some of these accounts published pornography, "defied morality", extorted other users or infringed copyrights, among other accusations.
After meeting with the officials of the cybernetic censorship, directors of the mentioned social networks affirmed that they would supervise the public opinion and that they would "rectify and strictly manage" their platforms.
Lastly, the CAC requested in its communiqué that "the whole society participate in the cleaning and orderly development of the media", and thanked the collaboration of those who denounced "illegal and harmful information" to "maintain the order of communication network "and guarantee a" clean, positive, healthy and orderly cyberspace ".
In May 2017, the government announced measures to tighten control over the media, such as the imposition of editors and editors approved by the communist authorities on all the country's information websites.
Since then, the media must also "follow the line of the Communist Party" and comply with certain measures of "emergency" that the regime imposes on some events, such as allowing only the publication of information from official media to natural disasters or other sensitive issues.
China is the country with the most Internet users in the world (around 700 million) but at the same time one of those who exercise greater control over the contents of the web, as shown by the fact that popular websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube are blocked in the country for years.