BEIJING – Under 14 Chinese youth will no longer be able to register on popular microblogging site Sina Weibo or China’s homegrown Twitter.
The measure is aimed at protecting the youth and “to help build a clean, healthy, civilized and organized online environment in the future,” Sina Weibo said in a statement reported by official media China Daily on Wednesday.
“We’ve always paid high attention to protecting young people, and we never stop to create a better online space for them,” said the statement, urging users to help them “make the platform safer and cleaner.”
The decision came after Chinese authorities announced in August they were planning strong measures against pornographic, vulgar, violent and unethical content.
The authorities had also began to monitor 19 platforms popular among teens that the Chinese government accused of disseminating obscene, violent or pornographic content, and fake news.
Sina Weibo, which has about 376 million active users, of whom around 16 percent are under 18, added that it will develop a special version of the platform for younger users in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country.