Chinese education authorities and schools will ban apps that they deem to be harmful to student development from campuses around the country, highlighting the central government’s tightening control over mobile platforms.

China’s Ministry of Education issued the order on Dec. 28 calling for “immediate action” countrywide. The notice was made public yesterday.

“From now on, uncensored educational apps will be banned in schools,” the ministry said. Apps or WeChat Official Accounts that feature pornographic and violent content, online gaming, and advertising will be defined as harmful and should be immediately deleted from mobile devices.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen