The online news department of mainland internet giant Tencent has been disciplined over an error in a headline referring to President Xi Jinping, three sources confirmed on Thursday. Instead of saying Xi “delivered an important speech” on the Communist Party’s 95th anniversary on July 1, the headline said Xi gave “an important speech in a furious manner”. The characters have similar pronunciation and the switch was believed to be the result of a computer input error. Sources said oversight of the news department would be changed from the Cyberspace Administration of China’s branch in Shenzhen to its operations in Beijing, which have responsibility for monitoring most of the mainland’s national news portals. The news site’s broad reach prompted propaganda authorities to launch an investigation into the mix-up, triggering a series of emergency meetings at the technology company. The fate of the news department’s chief editor, Wang Yongzhi, was unclear. Editor at liberal Chinese newspaper fired over Xi front page When contacted by the South China Morning Post yesterday, Wang, a veteran mainland journalist with extensive experience in news including time at state news agency Xinhua, said only that Tencent’s operations were running as usual. Everything is normal here. [The department] is working in accordance with the nation’s laws Wang Yongzhi “Everything is normal here. [The department] is working in accordance with the nation’s laws,” Wang said. He refused to say if he had been sacked or to comment further about the incident. Tencent did not reply to requests for comment. Investigators also told Tencent to remove articles containing “inappropriate descriptions” of former state leaders in a section dedicated to Communist Party history on Tiantian Kuaibao, a Tencent mobile news app. The authorities could ban the app if adequate changes were not made, according to a source. Another major online news portal, Ifeng.com, was also under fire, accused of publishing inaccurate reports and misleading news headlines, according to The Beijing News . Members of news agency suspended after typo suggests Xi Jinping's resignation The report said cyberspace authorities in Beijing had imposed administrative punishment on the site but there were no details about the penalties. An administration spokesman said Ifeng.com made a number of major blunders in news reporting, including publishing fake news stories and misleading news headlines that had an adverse social impact, according to the report. Ifeng.com was one of the most influential online news portals and therefore should take responsibility to comply with cyberspace regulations, the spokesman was quoted as saying. The administration reviewed six cases of irregularities against Ifeng.com in the first half of this year, the report said.