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Social Media Accounts Closed for Tianjin Blast Rumormongering
   2015-08-15 09:41:56    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Shi

An illustration that shows web accounts shut down for spreading rumors. [Photo: ifeng.com]

Over 360 social media accounts have been suspended or shut down for spreading rumors after fatal explosions in Tianjin this week.

Following the blast, certain accounts on microblogging site Sina Weibo and the instant messaging service WeChat began posting rumors such as "toxic gas blown to Beijing", "malls and markets looted", and "no one survived within one kilometers of the blast site".

In addition, the Cyberspace Administration of China said, some accounts masquerading as relatives of the victims, attempted to swindle money through fraudulent charity fund raising.

The Administration has ordered social media enterprises to shut down more than 160 rumormongering accounts permanently, and to suspend over 200.

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