China closes down Harper’s Bazaar and other accounts related to celebrities on WeChat

China’s biggest internet companies, including Baidu, Tencent, Youku and NetEase were ordered to shut down accounts that offered celebrity news and gossip.

As a result of a meeting on June 7 with the Beijing Cyberspace Administration, WeChat has taken down 25 public accounts, including those of several fashion magazines such as the Hearst-owned Harper’s Bazaar and its Chinese domestic counterpart Southern Metropolis Entertainment.

In moving to control sites that disseminate information about celebrities, the cyberspace authorities said, in a post on its official Weibo account on June 8, that the aim of their move was to “actively propagate core values of socialism, and create a healthy and positive online environment.”

Along with the internationally renowned fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, 24 other accounts on the super popular social media site WeChat were disabled. The magazine quickly responded by opening a new public account named “Bazaar Entertainment’s New Account.”

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