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China has removed over 10 million online accounts over the past three years

By Nickey Ross - on 26 Dec 2017, 11:39am

China has removed over 10 million online accounts over the past three years

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China has become synonymous with censorship, and it isn't afraid to solidify that fact. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress recently disclosed in a report that China has terminated or withdrew licenses for over 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015. 

Not only that, China had also taken down more than 10 million internet accounts. Media outlet Xinhua explained that these shutdowns were done to protect the party's long-term hold on power, socio-economic development, China's peace and stability as well as the personal interests of its citizens. 

China may have been rigid in its fight against issues like terrorism, but it has also contributed a great deal of energy to stop citizens from accessing uncensored news and private online communication.

Going back to the 10 million accounts that were deactivated, it was said that they were suspended because the people behind the accounts did not use their real names. 

While many of us might think that these measures from China to maintain its skin-tight censorship may come off as extreme, the report reflects on a more stricter form cyberspace laws, in which China intend to roll out in the months to come.

Source: Engadget.