China has reportedly conducted a drill last Thursday (3 August 2017) with internet data centres and cloud companies that host web servers to practice shutting down websites that have contents deemed harmful for the republic.
The drill was conducted "to step up online security for the 19th Party Congress and tackle the problem of smaller websites illegally disseminating harmful information," said Reuters citing a document circulating online attributed to a cyber police unit in Guangzhou.
At least four participants confirmed the drill to Reuters and said they were ordered to join the three-hour exercise to improve their "emergency response" skills. They were also asked to shut down the 'harmful' websites quickly and hand over its details to the police including IP address and server location.
According to Xinhua Net, China has shut down 3,918 websites from April to June 2017 that include content that jeopardised national security, and spread violence, vulgarity or ungrounded rumours.
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