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China says investigating Baidu, Tencent, Weibo for breaching cyber laws

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone showing the Baidu Browser application is seen in this picture illustration, February 22, 2016.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's cyber regulator on Friday said it was investigating the country's top social media sites over failing to comply with strict laws that ban content which is violent, obscene or deemed offensive to the Communist Party.

The Cyberspace Administration said it was investigating Tencent Holdings Group Ltd's WeChat, Weibo Corp and Baidu Inc's forum site Tieba over suspected violations of the country's strict cybersecurity laws.

"Users are spreading violence, terror, false rumors, pornography and other hazards to national...