Chinese authorities are cracking down on the use of social media and messaging apps for spreading “cyber-terrorism” and “terrorist” propaganda, according to an article published on Thursday by the China Youth Daily newspaper.
The article cites a police statement as saying the two kinds of apps were used to spread propaganda and to recruit other users, which it said “caused widespread and severe harm” and that it would act to shut them down.
The statement was attributed to a senior official in the Ministry of State Security, who did not give his name.
It said the two types of apps included one that allowed users to create fake news, another that allowed them to send text messages to “fake news” sites, and another that gave users the ability to “post photos, videos, and other media content that would be shared widely.”
It also cited the ministry’s statement on the matter, which said that the two apps are “extremely dangerous” because they allow users to share material that “will be used to encourage, incite, encourage others to commit crimes.”
China’s top law enforcement agency, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said it was cracking down and would prosecute those responsible for spreading such material.
It is a new crackdown on social networks in a country where more than 100 million people have access to them.
China, which is a member of the World Trade Organization, has the world’s second-largest online population, according the World Wide Web Association, which defines the Internet as “a global communication system that allows information to be freely shared and disseminated.”
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