Official warns Internet companies to control content
Chinese microblogging site Weibo has sent notices to its 200 million users refuting two allegedly false reports posted on the site last week.
One of the reports included the killing of a 19-year-old woman. The allegedly false report state dthat the suspected murderer of the woman had been released on bail because of his father’s connections, according to an Associated Press report.
Sina-owned Weibo also said that it has suspended the accounts of users who posted such reports.
Reports say that this could be a sign of Chinese authorities to keep social media sites under tight control.
The ruling Communist Party has warned Internet companies in the country to tighten control over information online.
Last week, a top Communist Party official visited the offices of Sina and Youku, a Chinese YouTube-based website.
The party-published newspaper Beijing Daily reported that party secretary Liu Qi had asked Internet companies to stop the spread of "false and harmful information."
Internet companies should "strengthen management and firmly prevent the spread of fake and harmful information," Liu said.
He added that companies should "resist fake and negative information."