The Cyberspace Administration in China is investigating the country’s top social media sites for failing to ban content which is violent, obscene, or deemed offensive, Reuters reported.
WeChat from Tencent, in which Naspers holds a 33% stake, Weibo, and Baidu’s Tieba forum site are suspected of violating the country’s strict Internet laws.
“Users are spreading violence, terror, false rumors, pornography, and other hazards to national security, public safety, social order,” said the regulator.
Its investigation into WeChat, Weibo, and Tieba is the latest in a series of regulatory crackdowns on the Internet in China – ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party.
The Chinese government has reportedly shut down the social media accounts of critics, and has enacted a ban on virtual private network (VPN) services, which saw Apple remove VPN apps from its App Store.