China's cyber regulator says it's investigating Weibo, WeChat and Baidu over failing to comply with the country's strict cyber security laws.
The three titans of Chinese social media in hot water with the country's cyber regulator Friday (Aug 11). WeChat, Weibo and Baidu are all being investigated over suspected violations of Beijing's tight cyber security laws. According to the regulator, users on their sites have been spreading "violence - terror - false rumors and pornography", which Chinese authorities say is a hazard to national security and public safety. It's the latest in a series of regulatory actions against the country's top tech firms as China hardens its stance on censorship and cyber control. Just last month the same companies were ordered to carry out what the government called immediate "cleaning and rectification" of their platforms. And before that meeting, Weibo was forced to partially close its video site, wiping out 1.3 billion dollars worth of stock between the company and its parent firm, Sina. Surveillance is expected to tighten even further ahead of the Communist Party's annual congress later this year, where all eyes will be on news coming from the world's second-biggest economy.