China and censorship is something you have must heard. Now the country has revealed the number of websites they took down in recent years. A report from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress says that China has shut down more than 13,000 websites since the start of 2015. Not just that, it had also shut down nearly 10 million internet accounts.
According to the Xinhua, China’s state-backed media outlet, these closures were meant to protect the “party’s long-term hold on power, the country’s long-term peace and stability, socio-economic development and the people’s personal interests.”
The officials further added that over 10 million accounts were suspended due to people using fake IDs or refusing to use their real names.
China isn’t going to let these take-downs relent any time soon. In recent times, the country has been implementing ever-stricter digital laws and has grown increasingly nervous about the ability by the websites and people to avoid its filters and monitoring tools.