China Internet Regulator Summons Quora-Like Zhihu for Publishing ‘Forbidden’ Information

By Reuters
December 20, 2021 Updated: December 20, 2021

The Beijing cyberspace regulator said on Monday that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) had asked it to summon Zhihu for repeatedly “releasing and distributing information forbidden by law and regulations,” as Beijing steps up efforts to control the internet space.

The internet regulator said in a statement that authorities have demanded “immediate rectifications” from the company, and the online question and answer platform would suspend some functions during that period.

Zhihu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Regulators this month levied fines of 3 million yuan ($470,000) on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, and 1.5 million yuan ($235,000) on social media platform Douban, for similar reasons. Douban suspended its reply function at the time.

Zhihu’s New York-listed shares went down more than 10 percent in pre-market trade.