Tencent, Baidu and Sina Weibo under investigation by China's online watchdog

Tencent, Baidu and Sina Weibo are being investigated by the Cyberspace Administration of China for “violating internet laws.”

According to Bloomberg, the internet giants are being investigated for multiple violations by its news services, which are accused of sharing user-generated content laden with “violence, porn, rumours”.

China’s online watch dog has instructed its Beijing and Guangdong branches to carry out the investigations.

All three companies have released statements that they will cooperate with the government investigation.

The investigation is the latest in a string of moves as China cracks down on internet content. Last month, Apple removed VPN apps from the China App Store while in June, China’s TV and film regulation body shut down live streaming on three major news sites, including Weibo, for violations.