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Mainland fines Sina over 'indecent' content: firm

BEIJING--Chinese authorities have slapped Internet giant Sina Corp. with a fine of more than US$815,000 over “unhealthy and indecent content,” the company announced.

The “administrative fine” of 5.1 million yuan (US$815,038) was imposed by the Beijing Municipal Cultural Market Administrative Law Enforcement Unit, Sina said in a release Friday.

Sina also said that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television had notified it that the company's “Internet Publication License and License for Online Transmission of Audio-Visual Programs would be revoked due to certain unhealthy and indecent content from third-parties or by users” on its online reading channel and website.

Sina added that it “intends to fully cooperate with the relevant government authorities.”

Sina had issued an apology on its website, saying it was lax in controlling and monitoring some content.

“We regret and are deeply ashamed of that,” it said.

The government announced last month a nationwide anti-pornography campaign aimed at “cleaning up the Internet” that would run from April to November, according to state media reports.

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