China bans minors from popular social media app

Continued Chinese government pressure on online social networking operators has reached Weibo, the popular local equivalent of Twitter, in the form of a new 14-year age limit for users, imposed to curb online app addiction and access to inappropriate content for minors.

Local media reports claim that Weibo is set to suspend new user registration for anyone under 14 years of age from November 2018, announcing that the changes are aimed at creating “a clean, healthy, civilised and orderly environment, and to protect the safety of minors in cyberspace.”

The company revealed that it is working on a special version of its app with more age-appropriate content.

Weibo’s recent moves are similar to those made in the Chinese gaming industry, with China’s Tencent recently also employing an age restriction system to battle gaming addiction in minors.

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