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Chinese Regulator Launches Probe Into Tencent, Weibo and Baidu

  • Regulator investigates reports of content law violations
  • Users have reported instances of porn, violence and rumors

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China’s online watchdog has launched an investigation into reports of multiple violations at news services run by Tencent Holdings Ltd., Baidu Inc. and Weibo Corp., as the government continues to tighten scrutiny over internet content.

The Cyberspace Administration of China said Friday it’s instructed its Beijing and Guangdong branches to look into reports that some of the country’s largest online services are carrying user-generated content laden with “violence, porn, rumors” disruptive to social order. It didn’t specify what actions may be taken, and Tencent and Weibo had no immediate comment on the notice. Baidu said in a statement the...