Weibo announced Wednesday afternoon that they closed down 19 gossip blogs on their social networking platform. On their statement they said that in order to manage the accounts on their website, accounts like the ones closed needed to be shut down because these accounts’ main objectives are to spread gossip, rumors and to slander the names of popular celebrities which are against the Weibo Terms of Service.
They also said that Weibo’s celebrities and their fans are an important part of the website’s existence and that the healthy development of Weibo does not need rumors to make a quick buck so they need to close the door on vulgarity and slander.
They ended their statement with:
Weibo puts importance in protecting the rights and interests of the celebrities and public figures and pay attention to their experience on Weibo, we also support public figures to use legal methods to protect their rights.
Here’s a list of the gossip blogs that were closed down: