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Weibo Closes or Bans Over 150 Accounts Which Were Claimed to Spread Problematic Content

July 30, 2020 9:45 pm

BEIJING (PingWest) — China’s social media giant Weibo closed or banned posts of over 150 accounts in the past two days as a move to implement a rule that was issued by China’s Cyberspace Administration to manage the heathy and orderly development of We media.

Weibo, China’s top social media platform where newspapers, TV media, online media and We media opened their accounts, announced it closed 125 accounts and banned 11 accounts on Wednesday. The total number reached 136, of which 86 promoted pornographic content, 15 were fake media outlets, 33 accounts spread fake information, and 2 posted conspiracy opinions.

35 accounts have 100 million or more followers, 90 have 100,000 to 1 million followers, and 11 have 10,000 to 100,000 followers.

The Twitter-like platform announced it closed another 18 accounts and banned 10 accounts on Thursday, of which 10 were fake media outlets, 10 spread conspiracy opinions, and 11 are promoting IDs. 3 accounts have over 1 million followers, 16 have 100,000 to 1 million followers, and 9 have 10,000 to 100,000 followers.

The closure or ban of Weibo accounts rely on users’ report to a specific email address. A total of 1,320 reports were sent to the email, of which 206 were valid.