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China kicks social network Douban out of app stores

Leading cultural platform under pressure from authorities and nationalists

Douban is most popular with educated young women from the country's major urban centers and is known for its analytical and influential reviews of books and movies.   © AP

HONG KONG -- Chinese regulators on Thursday removed 106 apps from the country's app stores for "excessive collection of personal information," including one of the country's leading cultural discussion platforms.

The removals by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which included popular karaoke app Changba, New York-listed ATRenew's used electronics trading platform AiHuiShou and social network Douban, quickly became the highest trending topic on Weibo, China's censored equivalent of Twitter.

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