WeChat, the giant social networking app that also serves as a hub for producing original content, has permanently shut down a dozen of widely followed blockchain-related official accounts after demands from internet regulators, local media is reporting.

Tencent, the operator of WeChat, was asked to seal the accounts on suspicion of publishing and spreading news and rumors about ICOs and cryptocurrency trading violating the “Interim Provisions on the Development of Public Information Services for Instant Messaging Tools”.

Among the closed accounts are Golden Finance (金色财经), Huobi News (火币资讯), Coin World (币世界), DeepChain Finance (深链财经). The first three accounts are related to Huobi, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange by daily trading volume.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.