China Steps Up Censorship of Social Media Sites
China is cracking down on internet freedom.

Chinese officials are stepping up efforts to censor the content being shared on social media sites, investigating top networks like Weibo Corp. (WB) , Baidu Inc. (BIDU) and Tencent Holding Group Inc.'s (TCEHY) WeChat, Reuters reported Friday. 

President Xi Jinping has made cyber sovereignty a key plank of his administration's agenda. 

"Users are spreading violence, terror, false rumors, pornography and other hazards to national security, public safety, social order," China's Cyberspace Administration said in a statement. 

Western social networks like Facebook Inc. (FB) and Twitter Inc. (TWTR) are already banned in China. 

Watch More with TheStreet:

More from Regulation

It's Dumb to Think Legalizing Weed Is Still a Political Issue

It's Dumb to Think Legalizing Weed Is Still a Political Issue

Bitcoin Today: Prices Stay Afloat In Search for Momentum Above $8,200

Bitcoin Today: Prices Stay Afloat In Search for Momentum Above $8,200

Soaring Nickel Prices Could Be Bad News for Electric Carmakers Like Tesla

Soaring Nickel Prices Could Be Bad News for Electric Carmakers Like Tesla

Bitcoin Today: Prices Hold Gains Above $8,000

Bitcoin Today: Prices Hold Gains Above $8,000

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Wins Approval for Drug Treating Rare Form of Rickets

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Wins Approval for Drug Treating Rare Form of Rickets