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China Targets Celebrities, Fans in ‘Clean Cyberspace’ Drive

Cyberspace Administration of China launches “clean cyberspace” campaign to target online abuse, ‘chaos’ and ‘money worship’

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FBI director Chris Wray said the Chinese government sees cyberattacks as the pathway to “cheat and steal on a massive scale”. File photo: Reuters.


The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Tuesday launched a month-long “clean cyberspace” campaign, which it said would target online abuse, “chaos” in celebrity fan groups and “money worship”, among other issues.

CAC made the announcement on its official WeChat account on Tuesday, saying that it would closely look at content platforms and advertisements as part of the campaign over the Spring Festival period.

The aim is to “rectify the disorder on the Internet, curb the spread of unhealthy culture”, “to create a healthy, festive and harmonious online environment for internet users, especially minors during the Spring Festival,” the CAC said in the statement

China first launched a crackdown on its booming entertainment industry in summer last year, targeting celebrity behaviour and fan groups, and has signalled that tight oversight will continue.

The Spring Festival period, also known as the Lunar New Year, is one of China’s biggest holidays and is marked by a week-long holiday.

The CAC said it would focus on cyberbullying and the spreading of online rumours, as well as any online behaviour that could be considered to be showing off lavish lifestyles, encouraging the worship of money or superstition.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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