China will continue to monitor internet sector closely – Xinhua



A man looking at a phone is seen through a digitally decorated glass during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on November 23, 2020. REUTERS / Aly Song / File Photo

BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Reuters) – China will continue its scrutiny of the internet industry, eliminating practices such as blocking of site links by rival platforms and ensuring small players have the opportunity to grow, its minister said. of Industry in an interview published on Sunday.

China has embarked on a sweeping campaign with regulators this year to curb its massive, freewheeling online economy, led by giants Alibaba Group Ltd (9988.HK), Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) and d ‘others.

In July, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology launched a six-month regulatory campaign to tackle issues such as disruption of market order, violation of user rights, compromising data security and bombarding users with pop-ups that cannot be closed.

“Currently, companies are increasingly aware of compliance and some outstanding issues have been resolved on a preliminary basis,” Xiao Yaqing, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information, told the news agency. Xinhua official.

He said the blocking of rivals’ links had been resolved, while the un-close pop-ups were mostly eliminated.

Xiao said the ministry will work with other government departments and industry to ensure more space for the development of small and medium enterprises in the sector.

Reporting by Muyu Xu and Tony Munroe; Editing by Jan Harvey

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