China Clamps Down On News Apps

China has long had a policy of restricting news from outside the country. That was done by clamping down on the Internet providers in the country. However, mobile apps are a different story.

According to the Reuters news service, China this week has started to clamp down on several mobile news applications that provide news information services. The news service said the State Internet Information Office announced that some of the news applications carried "pornography and obscene information and harm the physical and mental health of youngsters", and others published false information.

At issue are news applications that carry blocked content from sources such as the The New York Times. Examples include apps Zaker and Chouti.

Rueters reports that the Chinese government will close down and ban those who refuse to comply "to maintain order of news dissemination on the mobile internet".