China Suspends CPC Member for “Disloyalty” After “Profiting” From Internet Companies
The Chinese Communist Party kicked out former Chinese Internet censor Peng Bo. The party disciplinary watchdog accused Peng of being “disloyal” to the party, according to ANI. The ruling Communist Party in China expelled Bo and charged him with a series of crimes. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement that he had deviated from the party’s decisions.
Peng Bo kicked out of the party
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection accused Bo of “disloyalty” to the party, ANI reported citing The star. The party accused Bo of failing to oversee the internet industry when he was deputy head of China’s Cyberspace Administration. The commission said in a statement, “Investigations revealed that Peng Bo lost his faith and was disloyal to the party.” The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said the Bo had deviated from the party’s decisions.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection added that the “plans drawn up by the Party headquarters regarding the Internet propaganda struggle.” Bo was also accused of abusing his authority for personal gain. According to ANI, Bo sought advantages from internet companies and resisted party investigations. A few months ago, the Chinese Internet regulator oversaw the deletion of more than 2 million messages containing “harmful” threads of the story. It was at a time when there were preparations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in July. Previously, the Chinese Cyber Security Administration website invited people to report posts that “distort” the history of the party.
It should be noted here that China heavily censors the internet and social media platforms for content that does not conform to party policies. They also censor the internet and social media content that questions the party and state media’s version of history and current events, according to AP. Earlier this week, China’s crackdown on internet industries took an intrusive turn, with the government tightening control over data collected by companies on public consumers. The new law, which will come into effect on November 1, prohibits companies from misusing or selling customer data without their knowledge or authorization, allowing it to be used for fraud or unfair practices such as than imposing higher prices on certain users.