Several websites and microblog accounts have been closed in China for
being involved in fraud and blackmail, the country's National Internet
Information Office announced Thursday.
According to the National Internet Information Office, China has closed over 130 such websites this year.
over 4,000 microblog accounts have been found to be fraudulent, falsely
assuming identities ranging from education institutes to news
organisations to celebrities, Xinhua reported.
Some of these cases
relate to criminal offences, and the personnel involved are under
investigation by law enforcement authorities, the National Internet
Information Office said.
The office will maintain a heavy-handed approach against internet fraud and blackmailing, it added.
14 websites, including "China anti-corruption report website", and
"China news rights protection website" have been found fooling the
public and threatening to reveal incriminating details about people
unless they pay hush money, the report said.