Sina Weibo to bar accounts to youths under 14
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)