China's cyber regulator has launched an investigation into countries largest social media platforms -Tencent's WeChat, Baidu's Tieba, and Sina's Weibo - for failing to manage prohibited content.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a notice saying the three internet giants failed to comply with the Cybersecurity Law of the People's Republic of China, which allows authorities to prosecute anyone posting violent, obscene content, or something that the Communist Party deems offensive.
"Users are spreading violence, terror, false rumors, pornography and other hazards to national security, public safety, social order," the regulator said on its website.
It added the platforms hosting such information have failed in their duty to manage sensitive content but didn't mention what exactly led to the probe.
While WeChat and Weibo, which collectively boast over 1 billion users, did not comment on the probe, Baidu has issued a statement saying the company is willing to comply with cybersecurity laws and will "actively cooperate with government departments to rectify the issue and increase the intensity of auditing".
For now, there's no word on what actions may be taken the against the guilty platforms.