China accuses Whatsapp of spreading illegal information

This is definitely not a good time for
Facebook Inc, owners of world’s most popular instant messenger- Whatsapp. Few
weeks after it was revealed that illegal Facebook accounts traceable to
Russian paid huge amounts of money for Facebook ads in a bid to influence the
US election, and labelled “anti-Trump” by the US president, Mr Donald
Trump, China has come forward to accuse Whatsapp of spreading misleading
information. 

The
Chinese government asked the social media platform to act swiftly to halt the
spread of what it termed “illegal information” in China as the country gears
up for its communist party congress for the first time in five years.
In a
statement credited to the Cyberspace Administration of China, it said that
Whatsapp should put in place proactive measures to check and halt the spread of
information that have the potentials to incite violence and encourage acts of
terrorism. The agency re-echoed China’s authority to tell institutions within
its cyberspace to measure up even as it did not specify the details of the
content of what was deemed “illegal”. 
” A
country’s cyberspace sovereignty should be protected”, it said.
The move
has come as no surprise to many given the grip that China has on internet
companies operating within its territory. The Government has in the past
slammed fines on media and tech companies for not screening their contents.
Even chat group administrators on popular WeChat instant messaging platform
were no speared.
Playing
down on what many outside China perceive as a clamp down on information
dissemination, the agency further said that tech companies all over the world a
welcome in China.
 “China’s
Internet is fully open,” the administration said. “We welcome internet
companies from various countries to provide Chinese internet users with good
information services.”
Sourced
from Bloomberg.  

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Ashioma Michael, a BSc (Computer Science)., MTCNA, CCNA, and CCNP holder with many years of industry-proven experience in network design, implementation and optimization. He has tutored and guided many professionals towards obtaining their Cisco certifications. Mike works as a senior network engineer with one of the leading internet service providers in West Africa.

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