(Reuters) – China's top cyber authority said on Monday it would make a "correction" to Chinese mobile browsers to address what it called social concerns over the "chaos" of information published online.
China has already tightened strict rules for internet censorship in recent years. In the latest attack, the Cyberspace Administration of China gave browsers two weeks to conduct a self-examination focusing on issues including spreading rumors, using sensational headlines and publishing content that goes against the core values of socialism.
The campaign will initially focus on eight of the most influential mobile browsers in China, such as those operated by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Alibaba Group Holding and Xiaomi Corp., CAC said in a statement.
Others include the QQ platform owned by Tencent, Qihoo-owned 360, Oppo and Sogou.
"For some time now, mobile browsers have grown in an uncivilized way … and have become a gathering place and amplifier for spreading chaos through 'self-media,'" CAC said, repeating words they used in a 201
Browsers should conduct a self-examination and correction from October 27 to November 9, it said.
"After the correction, mobile browsers that still have outstanding issues will be handled strictly according to laws and regulations until related companies are banned," the CAC warned.
In recent years, China has introduced legislation to restrict media, surveillance measures for media sites and rolling campaigns to remove content that was considered unacceptable.
Xiaomi declined to comment on the correction campaign, while Huawei, Alibaba, Tencent, Oppo, Sogou and 360 did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Catalog