Jinri Toutiao founder and CEO, Zhang Yiming, released an open letter of apology today, after the removal of Neihan Duanzi from app stores, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.

Yesterday, the State Administration of Radio and Television (SAPPRFT) ordered Toutiao to permanently close down Toutiao’s joke app Neihan Duanzi (内涵段子) for vulgar content.

The announcement followed only a day after SAPPRFT ordered the suspension of Toutiao app and three other popular news apps.

In the open letter, Zhang said:

“Jinri Toutiao will permanently shut down the Neihan Duanzi and the app’s official account.

The product took the wrong turn.

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