In a fresh clean up of its internet, China blocked over 100 applications including Tripadvisor – a popular American travel company.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Cyberspace Administration of China said it had removed 105 apps it considered to be “illegal”.
Most of the platforms belonged to local Chinese firms, and it was not immediately clear why Tripadvisor, that reviews of hotels and holiday destinations was caught up in the crackdown.
Chinese regulators said the apps they removed were the first of many that would be taken down in a wide-ranging “clean-up” of online content that started last month.
The campaign is being held in accordance with several Chinese laws, and is intended to wipe out content related to illegal activity, including obscenity, pornography, prostitution, violence, fraud or gambling, according to authorities.
“The Cyberspace Administration of China will continue to … strengthen the supervision and inspection of mobile apps’ information services, promptly clean up and dispose of illegal mobile applications and application stores, and strive to create a clear cyberspace,” the agency said in a statement.
China’s internet users have a ‘Great Firewall’ around them that protects its citizens from information ill of China.