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China Bans Microblog Comment as Six Detained for Coup Rumor

A ban on Internet users commenting on posts to China’s two largest microblogging sites enters its third day after the government closed 16 websites and detained six people for spreading rumors of a coup attempt in Beijing.

Sina Corp., the largest provider of the Twitter-like service with more than 300 million registered users, and Tencent Holdings Ltd., the No. 2 player, announced the 72-hour suspension of the commenting function starting at 8 a.m. March 31, citing a need to clear up rumors and illegal information.