The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has removed 3,469 mobile applications for spreading vulgar content.
CAC made this known Friday, in a statement in which it said it had prohibited the mobile applications from engaging in other illegal acts in order to carry out a series of operations that is aimed to clean up the Internet.
The statement posted on its website, blamed the apps for causing chaos on the Internet.
Some of the apps were accused of spreading pornographic content in exchange for money while some were found guilty of advocating violence.
Some apps, while branding themselves as educational, tried to defraud users and obtain personal information without approval, the statement revealed.
These apps’ illegal acts constituted “peddling spiritual heroin,’’ and have “polluted the cyberspace, harmed teenagers’ sound growth, caused adverse social impact and must be dealt with in accordance with the law,’’ it added.
The CAC also said it called in 28 app store operators, social platforms and cloud service providers to serve a warning for failing to curb the spread of such apps and urged them to improve their management.
While vowing to adopt a “zero-tolerance’’ policy to guard against the spread of such apps, the CAC said it will strengthen the management of mobile apps on a regular basis and welcome tip-offs from Internet users.
It said the number of mobile apps provided by domestic app stores had exceeded 4.8 million.