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China authorities orders websites to stop video streaming

AP
Published : Jun 23, 2017, 11:41 am IST
Updated : Jun 23, 2017, 11:41 am IST

Internet companies are required to enforce censorship by removing postings about politically sensitive topics.

Sina Weibo shares fell 6.1 percent on the Nasdaq market and shares of Sina fell 4.8 percent. (Photo: Representational/File)
 Sina Weibo shares fell 6.1 percent on the Nasdaq market and shares of Sina fell 4.8 percent. (Photo: Representational/File)

Beijing: Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments about sensitive issues.

The move prompted a sell-off in the US-trade shares of Sina Corp. and its microblog service, Sina Weibo.

Authorities said Thursday video streamed by users of Sina Weibo, ACFUN and a website of Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV contained "negative comments" about unspecified sensitive issues.

Communist leaders promote internet use for business and education but operate extensive censorship aimed at blocking access to material deemed subversive or obscene. Internet companies are required to enforce censorship by removing postings about politically sensitive topics.

Sina Weibo shares fell 6.1 percent on the Nasdaq market and shares of Sina fell 4.8 percent.

Tags: chinese internet services, streaming video, censorship, us trade
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