China cracks down on illegal mobile news apps
BEIJING, Oct 07, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China's State Internet Information
Office (SIIO) has punished a number of mobile news applications that
lack qualifications as news services and ordered them to correct
their behavior within a time limit.
According to a statement issued by the SIIO Monday, mobile news
apps such as Zaker, mobee, chouti, my1510 and others provide mobile
news services without qualifications issued by Internet regulators
and even publish false information.
Some mobile news apps bragged that they carry news deemed
inappropriate and columns "not suitable for public places," and the
apps publish pornography and obscene information, harming the
physical and psychological health of youngsters, according to the
The SIIO urged local authorities to rigorously enforce laws and
regulations concerning mobile news apps and close those that refuse
to be reined in.
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