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Smartphones have become a popular tool for keeping up to date.

China tightens the vise on social media

Xi government probes major platforms to maintain its grip

SHUNSUKE TABETA, Nikkei staff writer | China

CHENGDU, China -- The Chinese government has begun investigating a trio of hugely popular internet services in an apparent effort to contain opinions and information that could hinder the consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping.

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