China launching new ways to control the internet

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BEIJimages (2)ING: Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the internet, state-run media cited experts as saying, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video streaming websites.

The Communist country restricts access to foreign websites including Google, Facebook and Twitter with a vast control network dubbed the Great Firewall of China, and under president Xi Jinping it has tightened its grip on broadcast, print and online media.

Content deemed politically sensitive, violent or morally ‘unhealthy’ is regularly blocked.

New regulations being considered by China’s censorship authority would allow a select list of SOEs to buy ‘special management stakes’ of up to 10% in the country’s popular video streaming websites, giving them the right to oversee production and decision-making, respected business magazine Caixin reported.

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