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China's SAPPRFT Fines Tencent for Unlawful Dissemination of News Content

SAPPRFT, 5/25/17

China's State Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) said yesterday that its Guangdong branch recently fined Chinese internet and mobile services firm Tencent (0700.HK) over the unlawful dissemination of news programming via its platforms.

The Guangdong branch of SAPPRFT found Tencent to be at fault for unlawfully broadcasting political and social news programming including audiovisual materials, live broadcast news, and a large volume of vulgar or obscene programming, as well as for problems related to management of audiovisual programming content through Tencent's platforms, including live broadcasting, WeChat, online video, and other platforms.

Starting last year and continuing through the end of April this year, SAPPRFT officials met with Tencent representatives on four occasions, and SAPPRFT requested that provincial-level administrative agencies organize efforts to correct legal violations at Tencent.

Editor's Note: The amount of the fine was not revealed in SAPPRFT's announcement.

Keywords: mobile information service wireless mobile IM mobile SNS live streaming online video online information service Internet Tencent 0700.HK WeChat SAPPRFT penalty

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