State-owned Xinhua News Agency announced at a Thursday press conference the official launch of a mobile search app created for China’s 200 million internet users under the age of 18.
Why it’s important: “Young” mobile search app is one of several initiatives authorities are taking to create a “healthy cyberspace” for juveniles.
Authorities have blocked “harmful information” including content containing violence, pornography, and gambling, according to executives from Chinaso Inc., Xinhua News Agency-backed developer behind the app.
The app will also be an online channel through which the state promotes its core socialist values, according to Xinhua.
“The app has recorded more than 10 million downloads since we launched the trial in June.”
—Wang Yanbo, Young mobile app’s chief operating officer