Internet Companies in China Back Government’s Effort to Block Harmful Information

Chinese internet firms have pledged to enhance their control over online content in order to stop ‘harmful information' from spreading.

China has been repeatedly criticised for censoring the information the Chinese people see on the web. Its draconian policies have even banned social networking platforms, which, according to the Chinese government, can give people access to content that can cause social unrest.

According to BBC News, top Chinese internet and technology firms have agreed to new guidelines proposed by the Chinese government to increase its web censorship.

The chiefs of 39 major Chinese internet companies met with Chinese government officials in a three day long summit to decide on tighter web censorship norms. Wang Chen, director of the State Council Information Office chaired the three day conference.

The announcement comes just days after the government decided to introduce new norms which include tighter control over social media and penalise people for spreading ‘rumours' and false information online.

China has more than 500 million internet users and is the largest market for internet in the world. Due to the rise of internet, and the freedom of information it represents, the Chinese government, thanks to a series of censorship policy and human rights violations, pretty much controls the information people can get access to.