On March 15, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), China’s top cyber regulator, directed its office overseeing the city of Beijing to send a team to Douban to “supervise its rectification and reform.”
Douban is an interest-based networking site in China that lets users form online communities and review films, books and music. At the end of last year, the head of the CAC had already met with the person in charge and chief editor of Douban.com, as there were “repeated appearances of information prohibited by laws and regulations being published or transmitted on Douban.com and its accounts.”The CAC ordered Douban “immediately to rectify and seriously deal with the persons responsible” in accordance to the Cybersecurity Law. The CAC’s office in Beijing imposed administrative penalties totaling 1.5 million yuan (US$ 0.24 million) in fines on Beijing Douwang Technology Co., the main operator of Douban.com.
In fact, this is not the first time that the CAC punished Douban. From January to November 2021, the CAC directed its office in Beijing to impose 20 penalties on Douban, for a total cumulative fine of 9 million yuan (US$ 1.4 million).
Source: China.com.cn, March 15, 2022