South China Morning Post’s website and Weibo accounts blocked in China

(From CNN Money)

The Chinese social media accounts of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) have been suspended, and the media group’s news websites were also blocked in China on Thursday.

Alibaba (BABA, Tech30), the Chinese e-commerce giant founded by Ma, said in December that it was buying the SCMP, Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper.

SCMPThe takeover raised fears that mainland Chinese ownership of the paper would result in its reporting becoming more closely aligned with official Beijing views.

With the acquisition still to be completed, it’s unclear whether that’s how things will play out. But the change in ownership doesn’t appear to be affording the newspaper any special treatment inside China.

The accounts of, SCMP’s Chinese-language website, were suspended this week on the Twitter-like Weibo (WB) social media platforms run by Sina (SINA) and Tencent (TCEHY). Those accounts had a combined following of more than 1.1 million users late last year, according to the newspaper.

Its account on WeChat, a platform that allows users to send messages and post status updates, was also blocked.

The reason behind the crackdown wasn’t immediately clear. Read more

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