Sina Weibo to bar accounts to youths un­der 14

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese ne­ti­zens un­der the age of 14 will no longer be al­lowed to reg­is­ter a mi­cro-blog­ging ac­count on Sina Weibo, the coun­try’s largest and most pop­u­lar Twit­ter-like plat­form, be­gin­ning next month, the ser­vice provider said.

The move is to pro­tect the cy­ber­se­cu­rity of young­sters and to help build a clean, healthy, civ­i­lized and or­ga­nized on­line en­vi­ron­ment in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the plat­form’s op­er­a­tor on its of­fi­cial mi­cro blog.

The op­er­a­tor said it is try­ing to de­sign and de­velop a spe­cial ver­sion of the Weibo plat­form for younger users in line with laws and reg­u­la­tions as soon as pos­si­ble to en­sure that mi­nors are pro­tected more ef­fec­tively.

Sina Weibo opened to the pub­lic in late 2009. By Septem­ber last year, it had 376 mil­lion users per month ac­tively us­ing the ser­vice, such as read­ing in­for­ma­tion, shar­ing on­line posts and mak­ing com­ments, up 27 per­cent yearon-year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port the plat­form’s data cen­ter re­leased at the end of 2017. (Photo 3)


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