Chinese netizens under the age of 14 will no longer be allowed to register a micro-blogging account on Sina Weibo, the country's largest and most popular Twitter-like platform, beginning next month, the service provider said on Tuesday.
The move is to protect the cybersecurity of youngsters and to help build a clean, healthy, civilised and organised online environment in the future, according to a statement issued by the platform's operator on its official micro blog.
But the operator said it is trying to design and develop a special version of the Weibo platform for younger users in line with laws and regulations as soon as possible to ensure that minors are protected more effectively.
"We've always paid high attention to protecting the young people, and we never stop our steps to create a better online space for them," it said. "We welcome all users to supervise us and work together with us to make the platform safer and cleaner."