Chinese portal Sina.com fined $815, 000 over ‘indecent content’

China has the world's biggest population of Internet users, with more than 600 million people online.

By: Associated Press | Beijing | Published: May 5, 2014 10:08 am
sina-480 Chinese web giant Sina.com temporarily closed its literature site Friday after reports it would lose two crucial publication licenses for hosting pornography. (AP)

Sina Corp., a popular Chinese Internet portal operator, says regulators have fined it $815,000 for allowing “unhealthy and  indecent content” on its websites.

The penalties against Sina come amid an official crackdown that also has resulted in some microblogs being shut down and some Internet users punished on charges of spreading rumors.

Sina said regulators also revoked two of its licenses for Internet publication and online transmission of audio-visual programs.

China has the world’s biggest population of Internet users, with more than 600 million people online. The ruling Communist Party encourages Internet use for business and education but tries to block access to material considered obscene or  subversive.

Sina said it was evaluating the impact of the penalties on its business operations.

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