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China to continue investigation of internet sector: report



China’s industry minister said in an interview published on Sunday that China would continue its investigation of the Internet sector, rooting out practices including blocking site links by rival platforms and ensuring space for smaller players to grow.

China is engaged in a massive campaign by regulators to rein in its massive and free-wheeling online economy this year, led by giants Alibaba, Tencent and others.

In July, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology aimed to tackle issues including disrupting market orders, violating users’ rights, compromising data security and bombing users with pop-up windows that couldn’t be closed. started a six-month regulatory campaign from

“Currently, corporates have increased their awareness of compliance, and some outstanding problems have already been resolved,” Xiao Yaqing, China’s Minister of Industry and Information, told Xinhua official news agency.

Blocking rivals’ links was the solution, he said, while inadvertent pop-ups were mostly eliminated.

Xiao said the ministry will work with other government departments and industry to ensure more space for growth of small and medium-sized firms in the region.

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