China ‘cleans up’ internet in apparent censorship campaign

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has launched a campaign to clean up its internet, state media said on Wednesday, amid a fresh wave of apparent censorship by authorities that has blocked more foreign media websites and shut down domestic accounts on social media. The campaign follows a series of shutdowns and blockages of certain websites and social media accounts. Social media accounts ranging from those publishing politically sensitive material to financial news have also been shut. In recent years, China has regularly campaigned to police its internet, shutting down websites, social media accounts and mobile apps. “The Chinese internet winter is coming,” Fang said.

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