Icons of popular social media apps WeChat and Weibo seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken December 5, 2013. A new clean-up campaign targeting content deemed ‘fake news’ is expected to put additional pressure on social media platforms that have become popular with citizen journalists. Photo: Reuters
Icons of popular social media apps WeChat and Weibo seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken December 5, 2013. A new clean-up campaign targeting content deemed ‘fake news’ is expected to put additional pressure on social media platforms that have become popular with citizen journalists. Photo: Reuters

China launches campaign against ‘fake news’ as Beijing seeks to purify online information, targeting social media

  • China’s censors go after fake news and unlicensed citizen journalists in latest move to cleanse cyberspace of information deemed fake or harmful
  • The joint campaign from 10 regulatory agencies is expected to hit social media platforms like WeChat and Douyin, popular with content creators

Topic |   Censorship in China
Icons of popular social media apps WeChat and Weibo seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken December 5, 2013. A new clean-up campaign targeting content deemed ‘fake news’ is expected to put additional pressure on social media platforms that have become popular with citizen journalists. Photo: Reuters
Icons of popular social media apps WeChat and Weibo seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken December 5, 2013. A new clean-up campaign targeting content deemed ‘fake news’ is expected to put additional pressure on social media platforms that have become popular with citizen journalists. Photo: Reuters
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