Intensifying its effort against illegal websites, China has closed down more than 13,000 websites since 2015. The information was disclosed by Wang Shengjun, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC).
“These moves have a powerful deterrent effect,” Xinhua quoted Wang Shengjun, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), as saying. Google, Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times are all blocked in China, among countless other foreign websites.
Over 2,200 websites operators were also called for talks by the authorities including the Cyberspace Administration of China during the same period, added Wang Shengjun.
Apart from these, around 10 million internet accounts were also closed by operators for violating service protocol.
“These moves have a powerful deterrent effect” Wang was quoted as saying by media reports.
President Xi Jinping tightened rules to have controls over the internet since he came to power five years ago, however opposition claimed this as a step to curb freedom of speech and stop criticism of ruling party.
On the contrary to the claim, ruling party termed it a move to ensure national security and social stability.