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China closes 4,000 websites and online accounts

By Sheetal Sukhija, China News
23 Sep 2018, 23:55 GMT+10

BEIJING, China - As part of an operation to crack down on illegal content online, China has revealed that the country's illegal publication watchdog shuttered 4,000 websites and online accounts.

The operation was reportedly conducted over the last three months, as part of which, about 120 violations were tackled. 

China's official Xinhua news agency has quoted the watchdog as saying that the campaign was conducted against "harmful" online information.

China's National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said in a statement that authorities tackled 120 violations and ordered 230 firms to rectify irregularities.

It added that over 147,000 pieces of harmful information were removed by the end of August.

The campaign reportedly targeted content in online fiction that spread improper values, vulgarity and obscenity, as well as content that infringed on copyright.

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