Tech firms in China pledge to counter online terror activities

Mohammad Sani 2016-04-13 Technology

Twenty-five Chinese technology companies have signed a pledge to counter images and information online that promote terrorism, the internet regulator said on Tuesday, months after China passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law.

The Cyberspace Administration of China said the companies had promised to "handle in a timely way terror-related harmful, illegal information, create a clear internet space and maintain social stability."

The companies which have signed up include Baidu Inc, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, and Sina Corp, the regulator said. Tencent, Alibaba, and Sina did not immediately respond to request for comment. A Baidu spokesman declined to comment.The regulator said that more than 25,000 posts, 4,000 videos and 200 accounts had been removed from the internet so far this year that involve illegal, terror-related content. China passed the anti-terrorism law in December. Among other things, it requires technology firms to help decrypt information and cooperate with the government in fighting terrorism. Critics say China uses its counter-terror and national security regulations to quell free speech.Under President Xi Jinping, the government has implemented an unprecedented tightening of internet controls and sought to codify the policy within the law.

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