In a latest development, China has shut down over 580 social media accounts, including those of popular commentators, on charges of spreading rumour, misleading public and violating the Constitution.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has said in a statement that some Internet celebrities ignored social responsibilities and abused their influence to publish information that violated the Constitution and damaged the national interest. They also allegedly created and circulated rumours and disturbed the social order.
China’s cyberspace administration authority shut down 580 social media accounts, which misled the public or violated regulations.
Sources said, that among the suspended accounts of big Vs, a term referred to users of Weibo, China’s microblogging website akin to Twitter, are famous actor Sun Haiying, an editor of a Henan-based news website hnr.cn and a Beijing art centre manager.
It is to be noted that Sun has been the centre of public criticism several times for making disrespectful comments about former leader Mao Zedong and for condemning homosexuality.
Meanwhile, some public accounts on WeChat that allegedly published false political news in the name of Party departments and military organs, fabricated sensational rumours, promoted superstitions and cults, and spread gambling information have also been shut down or suspended.
It is to be mentioned that the CAC also dealt with 2,000 rumours relating to transportation, food safety and public policies.