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China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015: Xinhua

The official news agency says platforms have also closed nearly 10m Internet accounts for "violating service protocol"

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Beijing strictly defends what it calls "cyber sovereignty" and maintains that its various forms of web censorship are necessary for protecting its national security. Within China, websites must register with authorities and are responsible for "ensuring the legality of any information" posted on their platforms.

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CHINA has shut down or revoked the licences of 13,000 websites since 2015 for violating the country's Internet rules, state media reported Sunday.

The news comes as the country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the Internet, a move which critics say...

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