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China's Xiaohongshu fined over sexual content involving minors

Alibaba-backed social media, e-commerce app hit with $47,000 penalty

Xiaohongshu's booth at the Big Data Expo in Guiyang, China in May 2019. The Chinese startup is among a number of online platforms that have been scrutinized for suggestive content.   © Reuters

Regulators have fined Xiaohongshu 300,000 yuan ($47,300) in the wake of state media reports that the Alibaba-backed social media and e-commerce app failed to prevent users from spreading sexually suggestive content featuring minors.

The penalty, imposed by the cultural and tourism bureau of Shanghai's Huangpu district, comes as Beijing tightens oversight of the internet sector over a series of issues like data security and anti-competitive practices, as well as content.

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