China’ cybersecurity officials said they have launched a six-month operation to crack down on online trolls and fake accounts.
The Ministry of Public Security said its cybersecurity division would identify and remove social media accounts and posts that disrupt social harmony.
The ministry’s statement was published by Xinhua and on the official government website.
The authorities said some people were seeking to profit from illegal activities, while others published “illegal and harmful information” with the intention of manipulating or disrupting online public opinion.
China cybersecurity officials would also crack down on paid deletion of certain posts or services that offer to hype or diminish certain views.
The ministry asked users to help the investigation by reporting trolls and fakes.
- George Russell