Why was the Chinese social media platform Weibo fined Rs 3.5 crore?

China’s Internet regulator has imposed a huge fine on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. This fine was imposed for repeatedly publishing illegal information. The fine is of 30 lakh yen (about Rs 3.5 crore). China’s Cyberspace Administration (CAC) said Weibo had violated a cybersecurity law on the protection of minors as well as other laws. However, other information has not been given other than this.

The company has been ordered to rectify this and deal seriously with the persons responsible, the CAC said in a statement. The company operates a platform similar to Twitter. Weibo said that it accepts this action of the regulator and has also formed a workgroup for the penalty that has been imposed. The regulator has issued new strict guidelines for new sites and platforms. This move is one of the steps taken by the regulator towards implementing the model of censored internet.

These efforts include cracking down on online fan culture and stopping social media companies that promote celebrities too much. The authority says this has been done because they were making a bad impression on the young people. Earlier this month, the CAC imposed a fine of 1.5 million yen (approximately Rs 1.78 crore) on Douban, a popular site for reviewing films.

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