China lifts temporary ban on microblogs

Chinese microblog giants Sina's weibo.com and Tencent's t.qq resume service after three-day ban aimed at "clearing up" illegal and harmful information, report notes.

China's two largest microblog sites--Sina's Weibo.com and Tencent's t.qq.com--resumed full service on Tuesday after a three-day ban imposed on them for allowing users to post comments that sparked complaints on censorship was lifted.

According to a report by the Assiociated Press (AP) on Tuesday, both companies stated on their Web sites that the recent ban on users commenting on other users' postings was an attempt at "cleaning up" illegal and harmful information posted online but declined to go into more details.

It was unclear, however, if the suspension on Weibo.com and t.qq.com had been ordered by government regulators or an initiative on the companies' part after they were "scolded" about comments posted on their sites, the report stated.

The temporary suspension by both sites followed rumors online surrounding the downfall of prominent Communist Party figure, Bo Xilai. Authorities then closed a dozen Web sites and detained six people for circulating rumors which rattled Beijing last week.

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