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China Tightens Controls on Political News Sent Via Message Apps

China’s government issued rules that restrict the dissemination of politically related news on instant-messaging applications to only authorized media outlets, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Rules tightening management of message applications in the world’s biggest Internet market, such as Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat, are meant to safeguard national security, according to the report. App providers will also be required to implement more stringent rules on real-name registration for users, the state-run news agency said.