China Bans Websites, Shuts Down Social Media Accounts to ‘Rectify’ the Internet

Breitbart | 6/13/2019 | Staff
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Chinese state media announced the latest Internet censorship campaign on Wednesday, describing it as a “rectification” program that combines the efforts of China’s cyberspace agency, information technology ministry, public security officials, and market regulators.

The rectification campaign, in progress for two weeks before the government formally announced it, has reportedly blocked hundreds of websites and social media accounts. The regime accused targeted websites of “illegal and criminal actions,” including failure to protect the personal information of users.

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“Several foreign media beyond Beijing’s control, such as the Washington Post and The Guardian, have not been accessible online since last weekend, adding to a list of blocked sites that includes Reuters,” Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The crackdown included new censorship orders for popular Chinese search engine provider Baidu:

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The Chinese internet regulator’s Shanghai office said in a statement on Wednesday that it and the markets regulator’s Shanghai office summoned representatives from Baidu Inc and criticized the firm for unethical advertising using vulgar content or overly sensational titles.

The authorities ordered the search engine operator to rectify its advertising business to eliminate such practices, according to the statement, which quoted a Baidu representative as saying the firm would make necessary changes.

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Another banned foreign website, the Newsroom of New Zealand, found NBC News, the Toronto Star, the Huffington Post, and the Intercept among the other blockaded sites.

The Newsroom speculated it landed on the “rectification” ban list by discussing the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre,...
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