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China Says WhatsApp Should Stop Spread of ‘Illegal Information’

  • Facebook service should be proactive, cyberspace agency says
  • Comments come as China seen tightening screws on WhatsApp
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China has hit out at Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp, saying the messaging service should act to stop the spread of “illegal information” as the country seeks greater scrutiny over the internet in the run-up to its once-in-five years Communist Party congress.

WhatsApp should take proactive measures to intercept information to do with violence and terror, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement in response to questions from Bloomberg News. China has the authority to tell institutions to take these measures, said the agency, without specifying details of content it considered illegal.